Associations of physical activity with driving-related cognitive abilities in older drivers: an exploratory study.

Department of Sport and Health, University of Evora, Portugal.
Perceptual and Motor Skills (Impact Factor: 0.49). 10/2012; 115(2):521-33. DOI: 10.2466/10.06.25.PMS.115.5.521-533
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ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between hysical activity and driving-related cognitive abilities of older drivers. Thirty-eight female and male drivers ages 61 to 81 years (M = 70.2, SD = 5.0) responded to the International Physical Activity Questionnaire and were assessed on a battery of neuropsychological tests, which included measures of visual attention, executive functioning, mental status, visuospatial ability, and memory. A higher amount of reported physical activity was significantly correlated with better scores on tests of visual processing speed and divided visual attention. Higher amounts of physical activity was significantly associated with a better composite score for visual attention, but its correlation with the composite score for executive functioning was not significant. These findings support the hypothesis that pzhysical activity is associated with preservation of specific driving-related cognitive abilities of older adults.

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