A literature review conducted and annotated bibliography assembled as research for the following (tentative) topic: the relationship between motor development and cognitive function in children, where motor development is fostered by physical activity and cognition is assessed in academic settings and modalities such as standardized tests, grades, etc. A subtopic or focus may be on the potential for physical activity in helping with the symptoms of childhood disorders such as ADHD.

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Verret, C., Guay, M. C., Berthiaume, C., Gardiner, P., & BĂ©liveau, L. (2010). A physical activity program improves behaviour and cognitive functions in children with ADHD: An exploratory study. Journal of attention disorders. doi: 10.1177/1087054710379735
This article reports on a study conducted to investigate the efficacy of moderate- to high-intensity physical activity in improving fitness, cognition, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children. The study proceeded by administering standardized tests before and after a 10-week training or control period. The study found that the physical activity program improved motor development, muscular capacities, cognition, and ADHD-related behavioral symptoms. The authors conclude that the functional adaptation elicited by a physical training program is likely of clinical relevance in the treatment of ADHD. The study is important because of the specific applicability of its findings in work on the relationship between motor development and cognitive function.

Donnelly, J. E., & Lambourne, K. (2011). Classroom-based physical activity, cognition, and academic achievement. Preventive Medicine, 52, S36-S42
This article discusses the relationship between physical activity, cardiovascular fitness, body mass index (BMI), cognitive function in children and adolescents, and academic achievement. The authors’ hypothesis is that improving physical activity via classroom-based activities would lead to improving academic achievement by improving fitness, BMI, and thus cognitive function. The study found that...

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