Title

Physical Activity Levels, Frequency, and Type Among Adolescents with and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder

UMMS Affiliation

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Psychiatry

Publication Date

2017-03-01

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Disability Studies | Exercise Science | Health Services Administration | Mental Disorders | Pediatrics | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology

Abstract

We compared time spent in moderate and vigorous physical activity (MVPA), type, and frequency of participation in physical activities between adolescents with ASD (n = 35) and typically developing (TD) adolescents (n = 60). Accelerometers measured MVPA and participants were interviewed about engagement in physical activities. Adolescents with ASD spent less time in MVPA compared to TD adolescents (29 min/day vs. 50 min/day, p < 0.001) and fewer met the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (14 vs. 29%, p > 0.05). Among adolescents < 16 years old, those with ASD participated in fewer activities than TD adolescents (5.3 vs. 7.1 activities, p < 0.03). Walking/hiking and active video gaming were among the top activities for both groups. Findings support the need for interventions that meet the needs of youth with ASD.

Keywords

Accelerometry, Autism spectrum disorder, Exercise, Health, Physical activity, Youth

DOI of Published Version

10.1007/s10803-016-3001-4

Source

Stanish HI, Curtin C, Must A, Phillips S, Maslin M, Bandini LG. Physical Activity Levels, Frequency, and Type Among Adolescents with and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2017 Mar;47(3):785-794. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-3001-4. PMID: 28066867; PMCID: PMC5437850. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of autism and developmental disorders

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

28066867

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