Plowman, Sharon A.
M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)
Department of Physical Education
College students--Illinois--Health and hygiene; Physical fitness--Testing; Physical education and training--College students
The purposes of the study were (a) to compare health related physical fitness of physical education majors and non-physical education majors as measured by the AAHPERD Health Related Physical Fitness Test; and (b) to compare the health related physical fitness test scores of physical education majors to national norms of college students for the AAHPERD Health Related Physical Fitness Test. Two hundred and nine undergraduate students served as subjects. They were grouped by major, sex, and activity level. A 2 x 4 fixed block ANOVA was used, followed by Scheffe's post hoc analysis. No significant differences were found between any of the groups on skinfold measures, sit and reach, and timed 1-minute modified sit-ups. Significant differences (p <.05) were found on the mile run between active female physical education majors (7:39 ± : 59), and both inactive female non-physical education majors (8:37 ± 1.01) and active female non-physical education majors (8:31 ± 1.08). Significant differences were also found between males and females on the mile run, skinfold measures, and timed 1-minute modified sit-ups with males scoring better than females on all tests. When the scores of physical education majors were compared to national norms of college age students, sit-ups proved to be the best component for both males (85th percentile) and females (90th percentile). Mile run scores were next with males scoring in the 60th percentile and females in the 80th percentile. Results of the skinfold measures showed males in the 55th percentile and females in the 50th percentile. Sit and reach scores were the poorest for the physical education majors with males scoring in the 50th percentile and females in the 45th percentile. It was concluded that there were no differences between physical education majors and non-physical education majors in terms of health related physical fitness test scores with the exception of the mile run in the females.
McMillin, Karen A., "A comparison of health related physical fitness test scores of physical education majors and non-physical education majors at Northern Illinois University" (1983). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 158.
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