Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Windee Weiss


This project will focus on the effects of exercise and sport on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can be debilitating to those who suffer, and incredibly confusing when children are involved. Feelings of rage, anger, depression and anxiety can render individuals incapable of normal day-to-day activities. Traditional treatment options offer individual and group therapy in which the patients simply share their feelings and experiences. Although there have been a vast number of studies and texts published on PTSD sufferers using treatment based on psychotherapy, there has been little done to document effects of exercise and physical activity on PTSD. Despite lacking data, it is possible to use physical activity to treat symptoms which have been researched separately from PTSD. Studies used to understand the significance of exercise on depression and anxiety can cross over to PTSD, while activities which are used in sport psychology to increase self-confidence can help individuals overcome fear and loss of control.

Year of Submission



School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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