Journal article

Physical activity and exercise in youth mental health promotion: a scoping review

Michaela Pascoe, Alan P Bailey, Melinda Craike, Tim Carter, Rhiannon Patten, Nigel Stepto, Alexandra Parker

BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


Background/Aim: This scoping review examined the breadth and outcomes of controlled trials testing the effect of physical activity and exercise interventions across all mental health outcomes for mental health promotion and indicated prevention studies in young people. Methods: The literature search was conducted using 'Evidence Finder'. Results: Thirty publications were included. Available evidence suggested that interventions of varying intensity may lead to a reduction in depression symptoms and that moderate-to-vigorous-intensity and light-intensity interventions may reduce anxiety symptoms. Effects of physical activity/exercise interventions on additional mental health outcomes were als..

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