Effects of Eagle Claw Kung Fu on Gross Motor Skills and Physical Fitness in Children with ADHD - A Preliminary Study
BACKGROUNDː Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is very common in children, affecting many domains in their lives. Many children with ADHD experience
motor difficulties. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a 12-week eagle claw training program on gross motor skills and physical fitness in
children with ADHD.
METHODS: Two boys diagnosed with ADHD participated in this study, aged 8 and 9. They had eagle claw lessons at home, 3 times a week for 12 weeks. Physical fitness and gross motor skills were assessed before and after the training program using the EUROFIT battery and the TGDM-2.
RESULTS:The results showed significant improvements in flexibility, balance, leg explosivity and all gross motorskills.
CONCLUSIONS: Eagle claw can improve physical fitness and gross motor skills of children with ADHD. However, this research is considered preliminary and exploratory, thus future research with greater sample needs to be conducted to confirm the present results.