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  • Physical activity in short study breaks: Short-term effects on cognition and potential for implementation in students’ everyday life

    11.08.2022

    Dear Ciss Readers

    We would like to highlight a recently published, open-access CISS Article (you can find the full Article on our website https://bop.unibe.ch/ciss via Archives: Vol 7, Article 001). 

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    To prevent sitting-induced decline in cognition, restorative breaks are necessary. The activity during the breaks should be beneficial for cognitive abilities and should show characteristics favoring the implementation of the activity in students’ everyday life. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of a short physical activity intervention (running) on cognition and behaviorally important variables.
    Using a within-subject crossover design with randomized starting order, 15 students of sport science completed a ten-minute running bout and a sitting bout with equal duration (washout: one week). The basal cognitive domain of visual attention was assessed immediately post-intervention using a modified trail making test. Information on perceived efficacy, affective states (pre, post, and at follow-up 30 minutes after the intervention), and satisfaction with the intervention (at follow-up) was collected.
    The findings suggest a short-term positive effect of the physical activity bout on cognition, revealing the potential of using physical activity bouts intentionally prior to cognitively challenging study tasks in the population of students of sport science.

    Cite as:

    Niedermeier, M., Steidl-Müller, L., & Kopp, M. (2022). Physical activity in short study breaks: Short-term effects on cognition and potential for implementation in students’ everyday life. Current Issues in Sport Science (CISS)7, 001. https://doi.org/10.36950/2022ciss001

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