Exercise as an Intervention for Individuals With Attention Problems

Sarah B. Brenner, Timothy S. Hartshorne, Samantha Klunejko, Jordan Jaklic

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Individuals with attention problems often exhibit more off-task behaviors and less engagement in classroom settings, and exercising has demonstrated positive effects in decreasing disruptive behaviors and increasing on-task behaviors. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of physical activity on academic engaged time for individuals with attention problems in a classroom setting. Results indicate that the average percentage of on-task behaviors were higher on days of exercise compared to days without exercise, though visual inspection of the data suggests physical activity has no effect on on-task behavior.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Education
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • ability
  • childhood
  • classroom
  • learning
  • teaching


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