Background: This study investigated the effects of aerobic exercise with music on anxiety, depression, motor proficiency and cognitive ability of boys with ADHD.
Methods: This is a quasi-experimental study. Participant’s comprised a convenience sample of 36 boys with ADHD. The experimental group (N=18) practiced in non-linear pedagogy (M years =11.32, SD=1.00), whereas the control group (N=18) performed (M years =11.26, SD=0.92) usual school activities in the traditional method.
Results: After participating in the 8-week aerobic training program, motor proficiency, anxiety, depression, working memory, perceptual reasoning, and processing speed were improved in the experimental group compared to the control group (p < 0.001).
Conclusions: Based on these findings, among ADHD children, incorporating music into sports can have an impact on children's anxiety, depression, motor proficiency, and cognitive ability. Increasing participation by incorporating music into sports such as aerobics, can have an impact on children's anxiety, depression, motor proficiency, and cognitive ability.