Date of Award

Fall 12-2022

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Brad Dufrene

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Joe Olmi

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Stephanie McCoy

Committee Member 3 School

Kinesiology and Nutrition


The purpose of the current study was to systematically review the literature investigating the effects of antecedent aerobic exercise on students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Eighteen studies met inclusion criteria, which included single case design studies and group studies, participant age, and an exercise intervention. Tau U was used as the procedure to calculate an effect size for A-B contrasts for single case design studies and effect size ranged from small to moderate for multiple variables such as disruptive behavior and academically engaged behavior. Hedges g was used to calculate an omnibus effect size for all single case design studies as well as group design studies and indicated a large, significant effect for AAE on student behavior. A moderator analysis was conducted for student age and length of exercise period, and neither was found to significantly moderate treatment effects. Limitations and future directions are provided.

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