Author

John M. Dunn

Publication Date

1969

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Wells, Harold P., -1996||Stroup, Francis, 1909-

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Department

Department of Physical Education

LCSH

Blood--Circulation||Cardiovascular system

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to determine if the Ohio State University Step Test could be utilized as a valid measure of the cardiovascular efficiency of male students thirteen to eighteen years of age. An associated problem was to determine if the reported reliability coefficient for this instrument on an older group of subjects would be comparable for the age group tested in this study. Seventy-three subjects enrolled in three physical education classes taught by the investigator at Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, Illinois during the Spring semester of 1969 were utilized in this study. All subjects were administered the Ohio State University Step Test, the Harvard Step Test and a Twelve-Minute Endurance Run Test. Random assignment within the three physical education classes tested was employed to determine the order in which each subject was administered the three tests. The subjects' scores on the Harvard Step Test and the Twelve-Minute Endurance Run were compared with their scores on the Ohio State University Step Test. Two null hypotheses were tested: (1) that there was no relationship between scores on the Ohio State University Step Test and the Harvard Step Test and (2) that there was no relationship between scores on the Ohio State University Step Test and the Twelve-Minute Endurance Run. Pearson product-moment coefficients of correlation were computed to determine the relationship between scores on the Ohio State University Step Test and the Harvard Step Test and between scores on the Ohio State University Step Test and the Twelve-Minute Endurance Run. The .01 level of confidence was selected for the rejection of the null hypotheses. The obtained coefficient of correlation (.780) between scores on the Ohio State University Step Test and scores on the Harvard Step Test was significant, far beyond the required coefficient of correlation for the .01 level of confidence. The obtained coefficient of correlation (.417) between scores on the Ohio State University Step Test and scores on the Twelve-Minute Endurance Run, although not high did exceed the required coefficient of correlation of .302 and therefore was significant at the .01 level of confidence. A reliability coefficient was determined for the Ohio State University Step Test. Thirty subjects selected at random from the total population of seventy-three subjects were given the test a second time. The retest was administered one week after the subjects first trials. A test-retest reliability coefficient of .946 was obtained. As a result of the findings in this study the following conclusions seemed justified: (1) the Ohio State University Step Test is a valid instrument for assessing the cardiovascular efficiency of male students thirteen to eighteen years of age, (2) the Ohio State University Step Test is a reliable instrument, and (3) the Ohio State University Step Test is easy to administer and requires little special equipment.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

vii, 61 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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