The effects of aerobic training on children's creativity, self-perception, and aerobic power

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 1998 Oct;7(4):773-90, viii.


The article examines whether participation in an aerobic exercise program (AE), as compared with a traditional physical education class (PE), significantly increased children's perceived athletic competence, physical appearance, social acceptance, behavioral conduct, and global self-worth; increased their figural creativity; and improved aerobic power as measured by an 800-meter run around a track. Further research on the effects of different types of AE is discussed, as well as the need for aerobic conditioning in the elementary school.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Creativity*
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Florida
  • Humans
  • Physical Education and Training*
  • Self Concept