Functional Exercise Training to Enhance Emotional Well-being in Middle School Aged Children

By Dennis Miehls and Len Haggerty.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Data reported in this paper suggests that functional exercise training may enhance a positive sense of emotional health in middle school aged students. Two series of exercise groups, considered pilot studies, were initiated. Nineteen participants completed the intervention, which was the functional exercise training. A unique feature of these pilot studies is the qualitative data that was gleaned from the participants’ exit interviews at the conclusion of the intervention. Functional training integrates a variety of exercises that work on flexibility, core, balance, strength, and power. It also usually includes aerobic interventions, strength-training interventions, skills training, or some combination of these activities. The qualitative data suggests that the interventions may have a positive impact on the participants’ emotional health.

Keywords: Psychology, Functional Exercise Training, Emotional Health

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.19-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: June 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 663.896KB)).

Dennis Miehls

Professor, School of Social Work, Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA

Len Haggerty

Certified Strength and Condiditioning Specialist, Owner of Strides Human Performance Institute, Founder of Pioneer Valley Youth Sports and Fitness Institute, Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA