Research Methods For Sports And Health Sciences

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Jennifer Danielson Research Methods for Sports and Health Sciences Larry Flegle 24 June 2015 Physical Activity and Cognitive Functioning in Youth with Implications for Adult Work Productivity Plato once said, “In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these two means, man can attain perfection.” If we delve into this quote we can see that even 2400 years ago in ancient Greece a famous philosopher linked physical activity with education and that the two are not mutually exclusive. A study presented to the American College of Sports Medicine, for instance, found that workers who spent 30 to 60 minutes at lunch exercising reported an average performance boost of 15 percent. There are many studies that show adult work productivity with the encouragement of exercise in the work place, where the lack of research lies is in the younger populations. One area that needs to be addressed deeper is the effect of physical activity on cognitive functioning across the school age spectrum along with the productivity of adults who exercise regularly or are encouraged to exercise in the work place. Using a mixed method research design in the pragmatic worldview I will look at the affects of physical activity on cognitive brain functioning after moderate physical exercise. Looking into the implications on students work in school and on

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