Migraine headaches affect a sizeable portion of the population. Treatments for migraine headaches can be costly and complicated to follow. Aerobic exercise can be designed to be simple and cost-effective. It is thought to be effective in the treatment of migraine headaches because it can improve both physiological and psychological functioning. The purpose of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis of aerobic exercise as a treatment for migraine headaches in order to determine: (1) the overall effectiveness of aerobic exercise in the treatment of migraine headaches; (2) how well aerobic exercise as a treatment maintains effectiveness at follow-up measures. Of the eight studies identified for inclusion in this meta-analysis, only six contained the necessary quantitative data for the calculation of effect sizes. Summary analysis revealed a negligible effect size. In three ofthe six studies included in this meta-analysis researchers reported follow-up data; information necessary for the calculation of effect sizes was only available in two of the studies. Summary analysis revealed a small effect size. Implications of results, limitations of the current study, and directions for future research are discussed.
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