2010 - Research

Active Commuting to School and Cognitive Performance in Adolescents

This cross-sectional study examined the associations between active commuting to school and cognitive performance in adolescents in 5 cities in Spain.

  • Active commuting to school was associated with better cognitive performance in girls, but not in boys. Additionally, girls who spent more than 15 minutes actively commuting to school had better scores in 3 of the 4 cognitive performance valuables than those who spent less time actively commuting to school as well as better scores in all of the cognitive performance variables.
  • Authors suggest that active commuting to school and its duration may positively increase cognitive performance in adolescent girls.

Martinez-Gomez, David MSc, Ruiz, Jonathan R. PhD., Gomez-Martinez, Sonia PhD, Chillon, Palma PhD, et al,. “Active Commuting to School and Cognitive Performance in Adolescents.” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Published online December 6, 2010.