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

Michael Duncan, A.J. Johnson

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    Abstract

    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 age9S.D.9.891.4 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. Publisher statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the European Journal of Sport Science on 03 Jun 2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17461391.2013.802372.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)279-286
    JournalEuropean Journal of Sport Science
    Volume14
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the European Journal of Sport Science on 03 Jun 2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17461391.2013.802372.

    Keywords

    • Cycling
    • aerobic exercise
    • cognitive facilitation
    • preadolescent children
    • academic achievement

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