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Randomised controlled trial Physical activity may improve measures of cognition in children

By Véronique Labelle


Effects of the FITKids randomized controlled trial on executive control and brain function. Pediatrics 2014;134:e1063–7. Context Physical inactivity has been associated with numerous chronic diseases, which in turn can have an impact on quality of life and public health issues. Many studies show positive effects of regular physical activity on mood1 and some aspects of cognitive functioning,2 especially in older adults. However, few studies have been conducted in children and teen-agers. This randomised controlled trial (RCT) examines the behavioural and neurolectric outcomes of a fitness programme in children aged between 7 and 9 years. Methods Of the 475 children screened, 221 of them were randomly assigned to either the physical activity (PA) group or the wait-list (WL) control group. The PA group participated in a daily 2 h session of cardiovascular an

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