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Brigham, Robert J.||Dean, Mark E.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Physical Education


Body weight; School attendance--Illinois


Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between the percent of body weight lost due to weight reduction to school absenteeism of high school wrestlers. From this investigation the researcher may aid other coaches and school administrators by attempting to determine if harsh weight reduction was or was not a contributing factor to school absenteeism. Procedure. Nine high schools in Kane County, Illinois who engaged in competitive wrestling were contacted to obtain the following data: 1. The names of varsity and junior varsity wrestlers who participated in not less than 50 percent of the wrestling matches. 2. The wrestler's natural weight. 3. The wrestler's certified weight. 4. The percent of body weight lost during the season. 5. The days absent from school during the fall, winter and spring season. The means and standard deviations of the days absent for each season fall, winter and spring were computed. The "t" ratio was calculated to determine significant difference between the means. Computation was carried on during the wrestling season by use of a biserial coefficient of correlation to find if there was an identifiable relationship between the percent of body weight lost and school absenteeism. Findings. During the fall and winter and fall and spring the "t" ratio was significant at the 1 percent level. The "t" ratio computed for the winter and spring seasons was not high enough to be classified as significant. A low positive correlation of .021 was found to exist between the percent of body weight lost and school absenteeism during the wrestling season. This relationship was not significant.


Includes bibliographical references.


ii, 32 pages, 11 unnumbered pages




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