Graduation Date

Summer 2018

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

David Adams

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Rock Braithwaite

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Jill Pawlowski

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Physical Education


Researchers have reported a limited number of studies on best-practices to improve performances in the physical education setting for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; Verret, 2010). The purpose of this study was to provide an analysis of literature on the current teaching practices to improve student performance in the physical education environment for children with ADHD. The following databases SportsDiscus, PsychINFO, PsychARTICLES, PubMed/Medline, ProQuest, Child Development and Adolescent Studies, and ERIC from 1970 to 2017 were used for this literature search. Results from this investigation demonstrated no significant results in behavioral outcomes in aggression, anxiety/depression, attention, externalized/internalized problems, and skill related fitness when participating in physical activity. Between study variance showed insignificance among moderators including country, design, diagnosis, duration, environment, gender, measure, school, status, and support. During the intervention a few moderators including training, medication, interaction, and activity level caused a negative impact on children with ADHD while participating in the intervention. Due to lack of understanding and studies completed in the field of physical activity and children with ADHD our knowledge cannot provide accurate data to help provide best practices in a physical education setting.

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