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Dunn, Herbert

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Physical Education


Physical fitness--Testing


PROBLEM: The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of the Royal Canadian Air Force 5BX Fitness Plan and the Assay Dozen Exercise Programs on the physical fitness of college men as measured by the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Fitness Test. PROCEDURE: A class of fifty men was randomly selected from the courses in the physical education service program at Northern Illinois University. These fifty men were given an initial physical fitness test as measured by the AAHPER Fitness Test. From the resulting percentiles of this first test, the subjects were paired according to the percentile scores for the test battery. The items of the test used included the sit-up, pull-up, shuttle-run, 50-yard dash, standing broad jump, and the 600-yard run. The two groups were assigned to training programs. One group used the 5BX plan and the other group used the Army Dozen plan. The class exercised three times a week for a total of thirty-seven periods of training. The first ten minutes of each period was spent in the training. The remainder of the class time was spent in the activities of badminton and tennis. During the last two meetings of the semester, the AAHPER Fitness Test was given again. The raw scores on the items of the test were tempered with the performances on the first test. A mean, standard deviation, and a t ratio were computed for each of the items. Comparisons were made at the five per cent level of confidence. FINDINGS: The results showed that the Army group made significant improvement in the sit-up, pull-up, shuttle run, and the 600-yayd run. There was not a significant gain in the standing broad jump and no gain in the 50-yard dash. The 5BX group showed significant improvement in the sit-up, pull-up, shuttle run, and the standing broad jump. There was not a significant gain present in the 600-yard run, and there was no gain in the 50-yard dash performance. Both groups did improve in fitness on four of the six items of the test. In comparing the groups on the final test, the only significant difference was found to the 600-yard run. Here the Army group was significantly superior to the 5BX group. This is interesting because of the fact that the 5BX group ran to place as part of their program, whereas the Army group ran fur marked distances.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 32-33)


39 pages




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