Attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder is developmental disorder that presents deficits in three key domains: attention, activity, and impulsivity. Because the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder is exceedingly pervasive, this study examines the role of exercise as a sustainable treatment option. Sixteen Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats were used. The exercise group ran on a treadmill at 12m/min for 30 minutes for six weeks, with a warm-up period consisting of 5 m/min for 20 minutes on day one, 8 m/min for 25 minutes on day two, 10 m/min for 25 minutes on day three, 12 m/min for 25 minutes on day four, and ending with 12 m/min for 30 minutes on day five. After the exercise period, a Y-maze was used to assess attention, an open field test was used to measure activity, and a water shock test was used to gauge impulsivity. The exercise group showed marginally statistically significant less distance traveled in the open field maze, demonstrating that exercise can help reduce some of the symptoms associated with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.


Stavnezer, Amy Jo






ADHD, SHR, Exercise

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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