Physical activity and executive functions – the Active Smarter Kids Study.
The aim of the study is to examine the effect of daily physical activity on executive function. Furthermore, the study aims to reveal if the executive functions are mediators in the relationship between physical activity and academic performance. Finally, different aspects of physical activity, i.e. objective measures of physical activity, sedentary time, aerobic fitness and motor skills will be examined.
This project is a part of the Active Smarter Kids Study (ASK). The ASK study is a cluster-randomized controlled study investigating the effect of daily curriculum based physical activity on academic performance, executive function, health variables and experiences of physical activity. The intervention was conducted over seven months in the academic year 2014/2015, and includes 1129 children (596 children in the intervention group and 533 children in the control group) in the 5th grade in Sogn og Fjordane county.
Results will be published continuously.