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Exploring the link between executive functioning and physical activity in children

10 Jul 2015 - 07:00
Executive functioning

Exploring the link between executive functioning and physical activity in children

This research is focused on exploring the benefits of physical activity on executive function in preschool children. Executive function is the process that allows us to plan and execute an activity while controlling temper, maintaining attention and responding to feedback. These skills are important for school readiness and success in both an academic and social context. Recent studies have indicated a positive relationship between physical activity and executive function; more specifically that participation in physical activity can facilitate the development of executive function. This presentation investigates this relationship, the possible mechanisms linking these two constructs and the directions for physical activity intervention programmes that can be carried out in order to improve a child’s executive function.

Caylee Cook

Email: ckxcay001@myuct.ac.za