PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How can ADHD affect kids?

ANSWER

One of the hallmarks of ADHD is fidgety, restless behavior. That's why many kids with ADHD wiggle and squirm whenever they're asked to sit still for any length of time.

To release that restless energy, kids with ADHD need to get plenty of exercise. Research is finding that staying active not only lets kids with ADHD burn off steam, but it also can help with issues such as lack of focus, impulsivity, and poor social skills.

From: Exercise for Children With ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medina, J.A. , March 2010. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Chang, Y.K. , March 2012. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Gapin, J. , December 2010. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Kang, K.D. , December 2011. International Journal of Sports Medicine

Gapin, J. I. , June 2011. Preventive Medicine

American Heart Association: "Physical Activity and Children."

Taylor, A.F. , March 2009. Journal of Attention Disorders

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on July 28, 2016

SOURCES:

Medina, J.A. , March 2010. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Chang, Y.K. , March 2012. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Gapin, J. , December 2010. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Kang, K.D. , December 2011. International Journal of Sports Medicine

Gapin, J. I. , June 2011. Preventive Medicine

American Heart Association: "Physical Activity and Children."

Taylor, A.F. , March 2009. Journal of Attention Disorders

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on July 28, 2016

NEXT QUESTION:

How can exercise help kids with ADHD?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.