Brain Health: Physical Activity

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Discipline:
Science
Subject:
Human Anatomy
Grade:
7,8,9

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Brain Health: Physical Activity

Physical ActivityAnd The Adolescent Brain

The adolescent brain needs at least an hour of physical activity each day. But because their brain is under going many changes and many children do not bother to include it in their daily lives, many adolescents do not participate in physical activity for 60 minutes or more each day. Main Idea:

Problem: Can I improve my brain health if I do multiple time periods of different physical activities that add up to about an hour.Research: - Physical Activity in adolescents can improve health (lower chance of getting diabetes, heart diseases, etc.) - Increased blood flow which improves cerebrovascular health [1]-physical activity stimulates the growth of new neurons by releasing BDNF [1]- higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and stronger muscles [2] Hypothesis: If I do multiple physical activities that add up to about an hour, Then my brain health will improve Experiment:materials needed: - timer - soccer ball (optional)- waterbottle - other sporting equipmentprocedure:- complete 1st time period (10-20 minutes)- take 2 minute break- complete 2nd time period (10-20 minutes)- take 2 minute break - repeat process as long as wanted or until an hour total

Case Study

Background

Apart of my data table that stands out is the first couple of tests my scores went down and then when I started doing more cardio/physical activities fir longer periods of time my test scores when back up.

Analysis

The hypothesis for my case study was "If I do multiple physical activities for at least an hour. Then my brain health will improve." My hypothesis was rejected. It was rejected because even though my fact recall scores increased over the 13 days my memeory levels decreased. The problem for my case study was "Can I improve my brain health if i do multiple time periods of different physical activities that add up to about an hour," and my answer is no. An error that could have been made id that I was doing a different physical activity almost everyday for different amounts of time. Also the physical activities and one of the tests was completed at different points in the day which could have also impacted my case study results. Something I could have done was do the same physical activity everyday for the same amout of time, for more than 13 days, and do more tests to get a more explicit result. In the future I would like to research more about what type of physical activity improves brain health.

Conclusion

Sources

[1]Christopher Bergland: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201409/why-is-physical-activity-so-good-your-brain[2]Health.gov: http://health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter3.aspx[3]Upside Down Organization/ Frank Kros Presentation[4]CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm

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