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Exercise and Autism: Can There be too Much of a Good Thing?

from By Shawn M. Arent, Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS*D, FISSN, and Bridget A. McFadden, MBS, CSCS

Shawn M. Arent, Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS*D, FISSN Bridget A. McFadden, MBS, CSCS
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Shawn M. Arent, Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS*D, FISSN, is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Rutgers University, Brunswick, New Jersey. He also is director of the IFNH Center for Health and Human Performance and director of the graduate program in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. Dr. Arent's research focuses on the relationship between physical activity and stress and the associated implications for health and performance in adolescents, athletes and special populations.

Bridget A. McFadden is a Ph.D. student at Rutgers University studying kinesiology and applied physiology. She received her B.S. degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her Master of Business and Science degree from Rutgers University. Bridget currently works at the IFNH Center for Health and Human Performance under the direction of Dr. Arent. Her research interests include exercise programming and athlete-monitoring to optimize health and performance outcomes, particularly in females.

This commentary presents Dr. Arent’s and Ms. McFadden’s views on the topic of a research article that they and other colleagues authored. Their article appeared in the May 2017 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE). more


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