Effects of Exercise in Children Suffering from Depression: A Review of the Literature from 2001-2007


  • V. Tziamali University of Leuven
  • Johan Simons University of Leuven


depression, exercise programmes, children


The purpose of this review is to evaluate the scientiflc evidence on the effects of exercise in children with depression. Methods: Search was made in the Pubmed, CINAHL, ERIC, psycINFO and Sportdiscus from 2001 up to 2007. The selection criteria were studies written in English, with a population age up to 12 years old. Results: Seven studies were found. One of them did not meet the inclusion criteria: the main age of the study group was more than 12 years old. Finally, 6 studies were assessed: 2 correlation studies, 2 quasi-experimental design studies, 1 study control trial, not randomized study, and 1 RCT (Randomized Control Trial) study. Conclusion: Exercise program has positive psychological effects on children with depression. Further investigation, however is needed in this field.

Author Biographies

V. Tziamali, University of Leuven

V. Tziamali, M.Sc., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

Johan Simons, University of Leuven

Johan Simons, Ph.D., P.T., PMT, FaBeR, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.