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Document Type


First Advisor

Healey, William Albert||Wells, Harold P., -1996

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Physical Education


Physical fitness--Physiological aspects; Physical fitness for youth--Physiological aspects; Cigarette smokers--Health and hygiene; Tobacco--Physiological effect; Teenage boys--Tobacco use


The purpose of this stuhy was to determine what influence, if any, smoking might have on improvement in physical fitness of high school boys over a two year period. Tb accomplish this, a comparison was made between the physical fitness test scores obtained during the boys* freshman and junior years. The participants in this study were 107 junior and senior boys. The subjects were divided into three groups as follows: seventy-four non-smokers seventeen light smokers; and sixteen heavy smokers. The test items used in this investigation were: the pull-up test; 50 yard dash; shuttle run; standing broad jump; softball throw; and 600 yard run. The test scores used were taken from the teste administered in the fall of the subjects' freshman and junior years. The results of this study showed that non-smokers improved significantly on all six of the test items, while the light smokers showed significant improvement on four of the items, and the heavy smokers on three of the items. Statistical comparisons between the groups seemed to indicate that smoking had no effect on improvement in strength, speed, agility or neuromuscular coordination, but did seem to have an adverse effect on improvement in endurance.


Includes bibliographical references.


viii, 34 pages, 7 unnumbered pages




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