Multimodal global brain phenotypes linked to a physically active lifestyle in early adolescence


  • In 12-year-old school pupils, physical health and fitness are linked to global patterns of brain structure, microstructure, and function.

Why this matters

  • Although the World Health Organization promotes physical exercise for optimal youth development, the relationship between physical activity and brain development is not fully elucidated.

  • These important findings provide novel insights into the intricate relationship between physically active lifestyles and brain structure in early adolescence. Greater understanding of how physical pathways stimulate healthy brain development could optimize future interventions to enhance brain growth.