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Our college scholars found acute exercise benefited executive function in preadolescent children

  On 14 June 2014, an research paper named “Effects of acute aerobic exercise on multiple aspects of executive function in preadolescent children”  written by Ai-Guo Chen and his team was published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise (IF:1.896). The paper suggest that acute exercise benefited three primary aspects of executive function in preadolescent children.

  The current study assessed the effects of acute exercise on three core executive functions in preadolescents and controlled for the moderating role of age. This study is a true experimental design. Thirty-four third-grade children and 53 fifth-grade preadolescents were randomly assigned into either an acute exercise group or a control group. The exercise protocol was designed for ecological validity and involved group jogging at moderate intensity for 30 min. Participants completed inhibition, working memory, and shifting-related executive function tasks prior to and following the treatment. The results shown that acute exercise facilitated performance in three executive function tasks in children in both grade groups; nevertheless, better performance was observed among the fifth graders in inhibition and working memory, but not in shifting, when compared with the third graders. These findings suggest that acute exercise benefited three primary aspects of executive function in general, regardless of the preadolescent age group, whereas the distinct components of executive function had different developmental trajectories.

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