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Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Kinesiology
Dr. Thomas Moran
Fiscella, N.A., Moran, T.E., Wigglesworth, J.K., and McKay, C.A. Relationship between Perceived and Actual Exertion and Enjoyment of Exercise in Individuals with Autism. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between perceived exertion, actual exertion and enjoyment of exercise in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Methods: A total of 16 participants (12 males and 4 females) between the ages of 5 and 38 who were diagnosed with ASD participated in the study. The intervention lasted 10 weeks and consisted of participation in one of James Madison University’s Overcoming Barriers hour long physical activity programs. Heart rate, perceived exertion, and enjoyment of exercise were measured following three exercises during the program. Results: There was no relationship between the three main variables however, a significant relationship, was found between exercise exertion and perceived exertion r = -0.151 (p = 0.66) and between enjoyment of exercise compared to perceived exertion r = 0.23 (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Consistent with the literature, participants are more likely to participate in exercises they enjoy, in addition we found hunger was related to both perceived exertion as well as with enjoyment of exercise. Further research still needs to be done between hunger and perceived exertion and enjoyment of exercise. Keywords: AUTISM, PERCEIVED EXERTION, ACTUAL EXERTION, ENJOYMENT, EXERCISE.
Fiscella, Nicole, "Relationship between Perceived and Actual Exertion and Enjoyment of Exercise in Individuals with Autism" (2018). Masters Theses. 573.
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