2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

The effects of dynamic warm-up and static cool-down on middle-school aged flexibility.
Nicholas E. Clements♦
Dr. Carla Smith, Faculty Mentor

The objective of the study was to find out the effects of a dynamic warm-up and static cool-down on middle-school students' flexibility. A dynamic warm-up consists of actively moving a joint through the range of motion required for a specific sport or activity. A static cool-down consists of stretching or holding a stretch with no movement. This program involved the implementation of a proper warm-up and cool-down during physical education class. The study was administered with two separate 6th grade classes within the St. Louis area. One of the classes performed a proper dynamic warm-up before activity and the other class performed the same dynamic warm-up before activity and in addition performed a proper static cool-down routine at the end of classes. It was anticipated that there would be an improvement in students overall flexibility with the implementation of proper warm-up and cool-down stretches before and after activity as opposed to students who only experienced a proper warm-up and did not have a static cool-down.

Keywords: Physical Education, Stretching, Exercise Science, Fitness, Middle School, Dynamic Warm-Up, Static Cool-Down, M.A.E.

Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 404-3
Location: VH 1232
Time: 3:00

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