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On the Playing Field to Improve: A Goal for Autism

Department of Sciences for Health Promotion and Mother and Child Care “G. D’Alessandro”, University of Palermo, 90127 Palermo, Italy
Department of Psychology, Educational Science and Human Movement, University of Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
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Medicina 2020, 56(11), 585;
Received: 19 September 2020 / Revised: 23 October 2020 / Accepted: 29 October 2020 / Published: 30 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Trends in Neurodevelopmental Disorders)
In recent years, there has been a renewed attention to lifestyle-based interventions in people with autism spectrum disorder. The positive effects of physical exercise programs have been well documented both in healthy people and in people with disabilities in the fields of psychological well-being, cognitive outcome and medical health. There is much less evidence about the opportunity to attempt a team-group sport for people with autism. Although researchers seem to suggest an overall positive effect, playing team sports for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) means dealing with difficulties in social interactions and limitations in motor functions. This narrative review aims to report studies about the effects, improvements and difficulties that people with autism have to face when they play the world’s most popular team sport: soccer. View Full-Text
Keywords: autism; ASD; sport; soccer; football autism; ASD; sport; soccer; football
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Vetri, L.; Roccella, M. On the Playing Field to Improve: A Goal for Autism. Medicina 2020, 56, 585.

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Vetri L, Roccella M. On the Playing Field to Improve: A Goal for Autism. Medicina. 2020; 56(11):585.

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Vetri, Luigi, and Michele Roccella. 2020. "On the Playing Field to Improve: A Goal for Autism" Medicina 56, no. 11: 585.

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