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April 15, 2019 - Volume 4 - Issue 8

  • Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM
  • 2379-2868
  • 2379-2868
  • Twice each month


Bowling and associates have provided the results of a real-world intervention to examine the influence of physical activity and STEM learning (science, technology, engineering, math) on executive function and affect in a low-income childcare setting. Low income children are at risk for low levels of physical activity and academic achievement and may receive duel benefits from active learning. The physical activity intervention was delivered by YMCA personnel and not the research staff again providing a real word intervention using a long-standing institution that could provide perpetuity if the intervention proved successful. The authors have provided a supplementary table that illustrates the active learning STEM template that provides a guide for the lessons and conveys the concept of the intervention. The interesting finding is the interaction of change in affect as a potential modifier of impact on executive function and the implication that enjoyment of activity in addition to level of activity (intensity) may be an important consideration.


The Translational Journal of The American College of Sports Medicine welcomes real-world translational studies of physical activity and policy.

Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM