It is seen that sports is more beneficial to girls, according to the new study. Girls who do regular extracurricular sports between ages of 6 and 10 show fewer symptoms of attention deficient hyperactivity disorder at age 12, compared to girls who rarely do.
According to the researcher, boys do not appear to gain any behavioral benefit from sustained involvement in sports during middle childhood. As the team was conducting research, it was unclear to what extent organized physical activity is beneficial for children with ADHD symptoms.
Extracurricular sports have positive impact on the development of psychological wellbeing and could be viewed as behavior therapy for youth with ADHD. It is even more beneficial if they begin with early childhood. Sports activities in early childhood can help girls develop essential social skills that will be useful later and ultimately play a key role in their personal, financial and economic success.
- Linda S. Pagani, Marie-Josée Harbec, Geneviève Fortin, Tracie A. Barnett. Childhood exercise as medicine: Extracurricular sport diminishes subsequent ADHD symptoms. Preventive Medicine, 2020; 106256 DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106256