Relationship between attention and balance: A dual-task condition study in children

Vanesa Abuin-Porras, Jorge Hugo Villafañe, Carmen Jiménez-Antona, Antonio Palacios, Beatriz Martínez-Pascual, Isabel Rodríguez-Costa

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This study explored the relationship between motor functions and at-tention in children aged 4-5 years. A sample of 85 children was collect-ed from a primary school (44 boys and 41 girls). We applied a standard-ized continuous attention performance test, the Kiddie Continuous Per-formance Test, under two conditions (sitting and balancing). Data were collected from two standardized balance tests, the Battelle and Pediat-ric Balance Scale. There was a significant relationship between atten-tion and balance and gender differences that may condition the way to address balance issues in boys and girls. Gender should be considered when addressing balance problems to get efficient interventions. Bal-ance skill may be a contributing factor in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-355
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Exercise Rehabilitation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2018


  • Attention
  • Balance
  • Child

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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