Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

"In the Zone for Lifetime Fitness": Henrico County Public Schools, Richmond, VA Student Use of Heart Rate Monitors to Effect Physical Activity Increases in High School 9th Grade Students

Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

"In the Zone for Lifetime Fitness": Henrico County Public Schools, Richmond, VA Student Use of Heart Rate Monitors to Effect Physical Activity Increases in High School 9th Grade Students

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Lisa G. Driscoll, Ph.D Bonnie Conner-Gray, M.S.Ed Linda Vines-American Heart Association

An exciting new pilot project between Henrico County Public Schools, Virginia Tech and the American Heart Association was conducted spring semester 2006.

The purpose of the project was to introduce data downloadable heart rate monitors to use in regular high school physical education classes. Each student in the two high schools' 9th grade classes wore a Polar E-600, downloadable heart rate monitor while participating in their regular designated physical education class (for five months). The heart rate monitor records how much time the student maintained below, in, and above the target heart rate zone (that range of heart beats per minute where optimal cardiac output is performed at 50, 60 or 70% of the maximum heart rate for that individual).

The analysis of the data will assist in understanding the effect that specific activities have on the heart and to utilize these findings in better programming physical education classes to keep students "In the ZONE for Lifetime Fitness". Ping Pong versus Ultimate Frisbee Football? …

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