Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Knowledge of College Students Enrolled in a General Fitness Course. (Exercise Physiology and Fitness)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Knowledge of College Students Enrolled in a General Fitness Course. (Exercise Physiology and Fitness)

Article excerpt

Many colleges and universities require a general fitness or wellness class as part of the general education degree program (Ermier, Kovar, Reinders, 1993). The purpose of this study was to determine precourse knowledge of basic fitness principles of both major and nonkinesiology major students. Whether there was any significant difference between precourse knowledge between the two groups, and if so, in which of the five basic areas of fitness was there a difference was assessed through a 35 question test, and follow up analyses. Data analyses consisted of frequency data, two-sample t test, and pairwise comparisons (LSD). General demographic data included gender, ethnicity, classification, and age. There was a significant difference in knowledge between the nonmajors and kinesiology major students (t238=2.95). Kinesiology majors answered more questions correctly. For the nonmajors, 37% of the questions were answered incorrectly by over 75% of the respondents. The categories having the most incorrect answers b y the highest percentages of respondents were Body Composition and Cardiovascular Endurance. All three questions addressing supplements and their relation to either muscular strength or body composition were answered incorrectly by over 90% of the respondents. The "importance of warming up before exercising" and "regular exercise will help strengthen bones" were answered correctly by over 80% of the respondents. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.