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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

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Department of Physical Education


Physical education for handicapped children; Physical fitness--Testing; Exercise therapy for children


This single-subject study examined the effects of assisted exercise on heart rates of adolescent subjects diagnosed with severe multiple disabilities. The study employed an A-B^Bg design, where A represented a baseline 10-minute resting period, Bt represented nonassisted exercise treatment, and B2 represented a second treatment where the researcher physically assisted the subject in a variety of upper extremity exercises at a rate of 1-2 repetitions per minute. Heart rate was monitored continuously and recorded every minute throughout each session. An average increase of 10-15 beats per minute each session was considered significant for the study. Each subject met for three sessions each, with at least 48 hours rest between each session. Data revealed a slight decrease in average heart rate as assistance to exercise was administered, suggesting that assisted exercise does not significantly increase heart rate. Rather, this mode of exercise had a slightly relaxing effect on the subjects involved. Since this study is novel in nature, the researcher suggests follow-up studies utilizing alternative protocols to achieve a better understanding of the subject.


Includes bibliographical references (leaf [21])


39 pages




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