EVALUATION OF PHYSICAL FITNESS AMONG STUDENT POPULATION USING MODIFIED HARVARD STEP TEST

Dr. P. Amuthamozhi, Dr.V. Sivachandiran

Abstract


AIM: To assess the physical fitness of students of Chengalpattu Medical College, by comparing their pulse rates on
performing a modified Harvard step test & to compare the fitness level in relation with the gender..
MATERIALS &METHODS: This study was conducted on 40 students of both genders in the age group of 18 to 24 yrs.
Fitness was conducted using Modified Harvard Step Test Protocol which comprises stepping up &down a 30 cm high
stepat a rate of 30 times/min at a duration of not < 5 min. The total duration of the stepping exercise and post exercise
pulse rate after 1 min,2 min recovery was noted & used for calculating physical fitness index.
RESULTS: The higher the fitness of an individual, lesser is the increase in the pulse rate and faster is the recovery.
Statistical analysis showed there is significant relationship between pulse rate recovery with fitness level .
CONCLUSION:.This study enable us to determine how life style factors affect cardio metabolic health in early
adulthood and insist upon the need for early intervention.


Keywords


Harvard step test, physical fitness, young adults

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