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Intermittent Maximal Exercise Improves Attentional Performance Only in Physically Active Students.
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PMID:  22382039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Regular physical activity participation seems to be linked to brain metabolism and to be one factor responsible for different effects of high intensity exercise on cognition. Due to this, we investigated the effect of an intermittent maximal exercise intervention on a neuropsychological test requiring sustained and selective attention in a group of low and high physically active subjects. METHOD: Forty six healthy students (age: M = 23.11, SD = 2.60 years) performed in a cross-over design an intermittent incremental exercise until they reached their maximal heart rate (HR Max; intervention condition) or rested for the same duration (control condition) followed by the administration of the d2-test. RESULTS: A significant interaction between physical activity participation level and exercise effect on cognitive performance emerged, with only the more physically active participants improving the performance in the cognitive test after the intervention. CONCLUSION: These data extend the current knowledge base by showing that a higher participation rate in physical activity may lead to neurobiological adaptations that facilitate selected cognitive processes (i.e., attention) after high exercise intensities.
Henning Budde; Andrea Brunelli; Sergio Machado; Bruna Velasques; Pedro Ribeiro; Oscar Arias-Carrión; Claudia Voelcker-Rehage
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of medical research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-5487     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-3-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9312706     Medline TA:  Arch Med Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, School of Science and Engineering, Reykjavik University, Reykjavik, Iceland.
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