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Randomised controlled trial
Physical activity may improve measures of cognition in children
  1. Véronique Labelle
  1. Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic, CISSS des Laurentides (Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes), Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Véronique Labelle, Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic, CISSS des Laurentides (Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes), 111 St-Laurent street, Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada J7P 3Z5; veronique.g.labelle{at}

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Physical inactivity has been associated with numerous chronic diseases, which in turn can have an impact on quality of life and public health issues. Many studies show positive effects of regular physical activity on mood1 and some aspects of cognitive functioning,2 especially in older adults. However, few studies have been conducted in children and teenagers. This randomised controlled trial (RCT) examines the behavioural and neurolectric outcomes of a fitness programme in children aged between 7 and 9 years.


Of the 475 children screened, 221 of them were randomly assigned to either the physical activity (PA) group or the wait-list (WL) control group. The PA group participated in a daily 2 h session of cardiovascular and motor-skills activities after school. They also attended educational sessions (eg, …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.