Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Kavazis, Andreas

Committee Member

Vickers, Brad

Committee Member

Gilliland, Katherine

Date of Degree

1-1-2013

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Kinesiology

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Education

Department

Department of Kinesiology

Abstract

Obesity is a major problem facing the United States today. Physical inactivity can lead to obesity resulting in a variety of health problems, including premature death. Therefore the objective of the study was to identify physical fitness differences between gender, age, and physical activity level in college students. A fitness assessment test consisting of cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance was performed in seventy-nine (43 male, 36 female) subjects ranging in age from 18 to 22 years old. Results indicate greater physical fitness in upper classmen when compared to lower classmen. Also, our data indicate that students that exercise 150 or more minutes per week are more physically fit when compared to students that exercise less than 150 minutes per week. In conclusion, physical activity interventions should be offered to college students and especially underclassmen to decrease the incidence of inactivity and obesity.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/17789

Comments

college students||physical fitness

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