Exergaming to enhance cognitive functions in children and adolescents?

Benzing, Valentin Johannes (July 2019). Exergaming to enhance cognitive functions in children and adolescents? (Unpublished). In: 15th European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Münster. 15.-20.07.2019.

Many children and adolescents in Europe are not reaching the recommended amount of physical activity, whilst sedentary screen time is increasing continuously. Since physical activity seems not only to impact physical health, but also cognitive functions (Lubans et al., 2016), innovative approaches to increase physical activity in children and adolescents are warranted. Assuming that exergaming might have the potential to positively impact physical activity levels by replacing sedentary screen time, in the last decade, the interest in exergaming, or active video gaming, is growing. Exergaming is a portmanteau of "exercise" and "game" and refers to "digital games that require body movements to play, stimulating an active gaming experience to function as a form of physical activity" (Benzing & Schmidt, 2018). Since exergaming has shown to be able to increase physical activity levels, exergaming in children and adolescents may also benefit cognition. However, the available empirical evidence on the effects of exergaming on cognition in children and adolescents is very limited. Therefore, the aim of this presentation is to give an overview of (a) our own studies as well as related research on acute and chronic exergaming, covering its impact on cognition in children and adolescents (including two longitudinal investigations on the effects of exergaming on cognitive performance in children with ADHD and childhood cancer survivors), and (b) to derive important factors on exergaming to enhance cognitive functions in children and adolescents.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science I

UniBE Contributor:

Benzing, Valentin Johannes

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

Language:

English

Submitter:

Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

13 Nov 2019 17:24

Last Modified:

13 Nov 2019 17:24

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/134890

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