For many years, doctors have prescribed Ritalin and other stimulant drugs to treat kids with ADHD. The trend today is moving away from drug therapies, and the news is looking bright. While certain types of targeted brain exercises (similar to those in BrainHQ’s attention suite) have been found to help cognitive outcomes for people with ADHD, three recent studies have found that physical exercise may be another effective tool to combat ADHD.
In a study that was published this week in Pediatrics, University of Illinois researchers found that kids with ADHD who regularly exercised over a 9 month period saw significant gains in working memory, focus, and task switching, while a group of kids who didn’t exercise saw no gains.
Another recent study found that while physical exercise increased math and reading scores inall children, the gains were especially significant in kids with ADHD. And research published last year in the Journal of Attention Disorders found that children with ADHD who exercised for around 30 minutes per day, every day for 8 weeks, showed “overall improvement” in cognition and symptoms.
As always, more research must be done, but the good news is that in the near future, ADHD may be effectively treated with a combination of non-invasive physical exercise and brain exercise.