Graduation Date

Fall 2016

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Rock Braithwaite

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Sean Healy

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Krista Ranstrom

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff


Objective: The purpose of the study is to examine the efficacy of physical activity interventions and practices on psychomotor, cognitive, or affective outcomes on young individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Methods: Standard meta-analytical procedures determining inclusion criteria, literature searches in electronic databases, coding procedures, and statistical methods were used to identify and synthesize articles retained for analysis. Cohen’s d (1988) will be utilized in order to interpret effect sizes and quantify research findings. The impact was assessed using coding procedures that categorize independent variables.

Results: A total of 23 independent samples (N=896) were utilized in this analysis. Results from meta-analyses indicated an overall high-moderate effect (g=0.761). Several outcomes indicated a moderate-to-high effect (g≥0.5). Moderator analyses were conducted to explain variance between groups; while no significant differences were found between groups, several trends were discovered within groups in which experimental groups outperformed control groups.

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