Physical activity improves a child’s academic performance and provides a possible new treatment option for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a Chinese professor and researcher participating in Troy University’s Second Annual Alabama-China Symposium on Education and Culture.
Dr. Jinxia Dong, a professor of physical education at Peking University, one of China’s leading universities, represented one of eight Chinese universities participating in the symposium. Dong, a former gymnast and past coach of Scotland’s national women’s gymnastics team, conducts research on exercise and cognitive abilities that are crucial to academic and life success.
“Sports are not just good for your body, they’re good for your brain,” she said. “Parents in China have very high expectations of their children. Young kids study very hard, and don’t have time for physical things.”