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The effect of differing intensities of acute cycling on preadolescent academic achievement.

Duncan, M. and Johnson, A.J., 2014. The effect of differing intensities of acute cycling on preadolescent academic achievement. European Journal of Sport Science, 14 (3), 279 - 286 .

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DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2013.802372


The present study examined the effects of differing intensity levels of acute exercise on preadolescent academic ability. In a repeated measures design, 18 preadolescent participants (mean age±S.D.=9.8±1.4 years: 9 male and 9 female) completed the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT 4) following 20 minutes of rest, 20-minutes on a cycling ergometer at 50% maximal heart rate reserve (HRR), and 20-minutes on a cycling ergometer at 75% HRR on separate days. Exercise was found to improve spelling irrespective of intensity level. Moderate levels of exercise improved reading although the effect of high levels of intensity is less clear. Both intensity levels impaired arithmetic, whilst sentence comprehension was unaffected. These findings further support the past research that indicates acute bouts of exercise can selectively improve cognition in preadolescent children. However, the present study finds no support for the notion that increasing the intensity of exercise accentuates benefits. © 2013 © 2013 European College of Sport Science.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:academic achievement ; aerobic exercise ; cognitive facilitation ; Cycling ; preadolescent children
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:22814
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:03 Nov 2015 11:55
Last Modified:03 Nov 2015 11:55


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