Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 37, Issue 6, pp 997–1006 | Cite as

The Efficacy of a 9-Month Treadmill Walking Program on the Exercise Capacity and Weight Reduction for Adolescents with Severe Autism

  • Kenneth H. Pitetti
  • Andrew D. Rendoff
  • Travis Grover
  • Michael W. Beets
Original Paper


This study evaluated the efficacy of a 9-month treadmill walking (TW) program on exercise capacity and body mass index (BMI) for adolescents with severe autism. Ten youth residing in a residential/school treatment facility were assigned to either a supplemental treadmill walking (TW) or control group. Both groups continued to participate in their regular physical education curriculum. Monthly records were maintained for the following: (a) TW progression in frequency, duration, speed and elevation; (b) caloric expenditure; and (c) BMI. The TW program resulted in significant increases in mean monthly TW frequency, speed, elevation, and calories expended coupled with a reduction in BMI.


Autism Adolescents Exercise Capacity Body Mass Index 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth H. Pitetti
    • 1
  • Andrew D. Rendoff
    • 2
  • Travis Grover
    • 3
  • Michael W. Beets
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health ProfessionsWichita State UniversityWichitaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health ProfessionsWichita State UniversityWichitaUSA
  3. 3.HeartspringWichitaUSA
  4. 4.Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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