Physical Activity And Lower Odds of Psychiatric Problems in Children
Posted May 18 2012 11:51am
TheJournal of Pediatrics published research that measured the physical activity of 199 eight year old children. Wrist accelerometers were worn to determine if there was an association between physical activity and parent/teacher rated psychiatric problems in the eight year olds. The results indicated that "higher overall physical activity and more time spent in more intense physical activity were associated with lower odds for psychiatric problems in emotional, social, and behavioral domains".
Reference: Silja Martikainen MA et al. Physical Activity and Psychiatric Problems in Children. The Journal of Pediatrics. Article in press and published online 11 May 2012. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.03.037