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Social Skill Outcomes Following Physical Activity–Based Interventions for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: A Scoping Review Spanning Young Childhood Through Young Adulthood

Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito and Jihyun Lee

potential for modified use in a physical activity (PA) space ( Colombo-Dougovito, 2015 ), have not been designed or validated for these PA settings. Furthermore, multiple definitions of social skills are used interchangeably to describe an individual’s overall social functioning ( Cordier et al., 2015

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Associations Between Physical Fitness and Children’s Psychological Well-Being

Timothy LaVigne, Betsy Hoza, Alan L. Smith, Erin K. Shoulberg, and William Bukowski

We examined the relation between physical fitness and psychological well-being in children ages 10–14 years (N = 222), and the potential moderation of this relation by sex. Participants completed a physical fitness assessment comprised of seven tasks and a diverse set of self-report well-being measures assessing depressive symptoms, loneliness, and competence. Peers reported on social status and teachers rated adaptive functioning, internalizing symptoms, and externalizing symptoms. Multiple regression analyses indicated a significant association between physical fitness and psychological well-being for both boys and girls. Higher levels of physical fitness were associated with lower levels of peer dyadic loneliness and fewer depressive symptoms; greater cognitive, social, and athletic competence; greater feelings of self-worth; and better teacher reports of adaptive functioning. An interaction between internalizing and sex indicated a significant and negative association between physical fitness and internalizing symptoms for males only. No other moderation effects by sex were observed. Results suggest that physical fitness is associated with a range of well-being indicators for both boys and girls in this age group.

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Testing a Model of Successful Aging in a Cohort of Masters Swimmers

David Geard, Amanda L. Rebar, Peter Reaburn, and Rylee A. Dionigi

the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social functioning domains ( Bowling, 2007 ; Cosco et al., 2014b ; Depp & Jeste, 2006 ; Peel et al., 2004 ; Phelan et al., 2004 ). Indeed, both original research ( Cosco, Stephan, & Brayne, 2014 ; von Faber et al., 2001 ) and review material ( Cheng

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Masters Athletes: Exemplars of Successful Aging?

David Geard, Peter R.J. Reaburn, Amanda L. Rebar, and Rylee A. Dionigi

athletes’ high physical and physiological functioning ( Cooper et al., 2007 ; Hawkins et al., 2003 ; Louis et al., 2012 ), yet it does not consider the psychological, cognitive, and social functioning domains. However, research shows that generalized physical activity, structured exercise ( Bertera, 2003

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Intensity of Leisure-Time Physical Activity and Dimensions of Mental Well-Being: A Reciprocal Approach Using Parallel Latent Growth Curve Modeling

Changwook Kim, Jinwon Kim, and Brijesh Thapa

life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” 3 Therefore, mental well-being could be regarded as a state of experience that integrates positive emotional, psychological, and social functioning. 4 According to the activity theory of aging

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The Impact of Knee Injury History on Health-Related Quality of Life in Adolescent Athletes

Kenneth C. Lam and Jessica G. Markbreiter

 = 86.7 [13.6], NO-HIS = 92.2 [8.2]); school functioning (HIS = 89.3 [12.4], NO-HIS = 94.3 [8.9]); and social functioning (HIS = 80.6 [14.7], NO-HIS = 86.8 [12.2]) scores (Table  2 ). There was no main effect of injury history reported for the PedsQL emotional functioning subscale (HIS = 85.7 [17.7], NO

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Autonomy-Supportive Teaching Enhances Prosocial and Reduces Antisocial Behavior via Classroom Climate and Psychological Needs: A Multilevel Randomized Control Intervention

Sung Hyeon Cheon, Johnmarshall Reeve, and Herbert W. Marsh

investigated whether PE students’ social functioning (prosocial and antisocial behavior) would improve only selectively—“yes” for students whose teachers participated in an autonomy-supportive teaching intervention, but “no” for students of “practice as usual” teachers. A Need-Based Explanatory Model Self

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The Impact of a Previous Ankle Injury on Current Health-Related Quality of Life in College Athletes

Ashley N. Marshall, Alison R. Snyder Valier, Aubrey Yanda, and Kenneth C. Lam

general musculoskeletal 31 , 34 injuries are associated with lower HRQOL related to physical, emotional, mental, and social functioning. Findings in military cadets, 27 college athletes, 32 and adolescent athletes 33 suggest that individuals with previous history of knee injuries report deficits in

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Competition for Special Populations: Personal Perspectives

Bruce H. Miles

Competitive opportunities for handicapped or disabled athletes are burgeoning. Different populations have different capabilities. Moderately (MO-MR) and mildly mentally retarded (MI-MR) athletes have unique abilities, and many physical educators, teachers, and volunteers spend countless hours preparing individuals and teams for tournaments and competitions. Two models are presented to assist in assessing MO-MR and MI-MR athletes’ abilities and levels of social functioning. Additionally a hierarchy of motor performance environments is presented. Discussion entails proper placement of athletes in a motor performance environment after ability and social functioning assessments have been completed.

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Relationship Between Regular Walking, Physical Activity, and Health-Related Quality of Life

Rachel E. Blacklock, Ryan E. Rhodes, and Shane G. Brown


The current physical activity (PA) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) literature warrants further investigation with general population samples. The exploratory-focused purpose of this study was to compare total PA-HRQoL and walking-HRQoL relations, include a measure of general happiness, and to evaluate potential activity-HRQoL demographic moderators.


A random sample of 351 adults completed an adapted Godin Leisure Time Questionnaire, the SF-36, and the Satisfaction with Life Scale.


Partial correlations revealed small-to-moderate associations between walking/total PA and general health, vitality, and social functioning after controlling for key demographics (P < 0.05). A dependent t-test determined walking and PA as equally related to vitality and social functioning. Multiple regression revealed annual income as a moderator of the total PA/walking-social functioning relationship [F(3,315) = 9.71 and F(3,316) = 12.03, P < 0.01, respectively].


HRQoL may be considered with walking interventions and annual income. The contribution of PA to overall happiness appears to be minor.