Resistance exercise is said to have many benefits, ranging from physical and physiological to cognitive benefits. Overall, there is a lack of research comparing various types of exercise modes to allow for a sound understanding of which exercise modes are more useful for improving cognitive performance (Neophytou, 2016:3).
This study is aimed to make use of objective muscular strength and cognitive measures to analyse the benefits of a 12-week resistance exercise intervention. This research makes use of selected-group repeated-measures study design on a sample of 35 participants. Participants will complete baseline testing, after which they will be split into two groups.
The experimental group will follow a 12-week resistance training programme. During this 12-week intervention, all participants will have to complete a series of tests every six weeks to determine any improvements in the following areas: cognitive processing speed and accuracy, dynamic balance, coordination, and muscular strength and -power.
The findings from this study could possibly provide an alternate rehabilitation or treatment option for individuals with ASD than pharmacological treatments.