The Predictability of Children's Attitudes toward Physical Activity and Gender on Cardiovascular Endurance among Hispanic Youth. (Exercise Physiology and Fitness)

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There has been much concern about the status of youth fitness. The Hispanic population is increasing and not much information is available pertaining to the fitness level of Hispanic youth. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to examine the predictability of children's attitude toward physical activity and gender on cardiovascular endurance among sixth-grade Hispanic students. The study was approved by the University Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects and each participant and guardian signed an informed consent prior to data collection. All 279 participants (158 boys and 121 girls) completed a reliable (R = .83) children's attitude toward physical activity survey and performed an exercise session that consisted of the 20-m PACER shuttle test. Measurements that included age, height, weight, percent fat, and sum of skinfolds were recorded on all participants. Each participant's 20-m shuttle test performance, along with their gender, sum of skinfolds and body weight were entered into a multiple r egression model to determine [VO.sub.2]max (Suminski et al., 1999). Physical characteristics of the male and female Hispanic participants were (M [+ or -] SD): age (years) = 10.9 [+ or -] 0.6, 10.9 [+ or -] 0.6; height (cm) = 149.5 [+ or -] 9.2, 150.5 [+ or -] 7.7; weight (kg) = 47.9 [+ or -] 15. …