A Comparison of Children’s Fitness in the Northwest and Southwest of England

Boyle, Spencer (2014) A Comparison of Children’s Fitness in the Northwest and Southwest of England. Advances in Physical Education (4). pp. 165-174. ISSN 2164-0386

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Abstract

The data from this paper was gathered from a larger cross-sectional study examining children’s physical activity participation in the Northwest and the Southwest of England. The purpose of this study was to carry out a battery of health and fitness tests with children in both areas to examine possible differences in various aspects of fitness or health by area. Heart rate recovery, flexibility, body fat, hand grip strength, upper body strength, explosive strength and agility were all measured using youth fitness tests endorsed by EUROFIT and YMCA with 59 boys and 57 girls across both areas. There were no statistically significant differences in both groups of children in hand grip strength, flexibility and agility. Statistically significant differences were noted between both groups of children in explosive strength, upper body strength and measured body fat percentage. Overall the study showed mixed results that may indicate area of residence influences aspects of fitness or activity. Further study is recommended to assess whether physical activity could play a role in the associated fitness characteristics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children, Fitness Tests, Health Related Fitness, Physical Activity, Young People
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
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Depositing User: Spencer Boyle
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2015 14:48
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 05:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21284

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