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Br J Sports Med. 2005 November; 39(11): 792–798.
PMCID: PMC1725055

Can exercise improve self esteem in children and young people? A systematic review of randomised controlled trials


Twenty three randomised controlled trials were analysed. A synthesis of several small, low quality trials indicates that exercise may have short term beneficial effects on self esteem in children and adolescents. However, high quality research on defined populations with adequate follow up is needed.

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