Cardiovascular fitness gains in selected college-level activities.

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Ward, Sue
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Middle Tennessee State University
The purpose of this dissertation was to determine the expected cardiovascular fitness gains in selected college-level activities. The study tested the following activities: aerobic dance, jazz dance, social dance, and racketball and represented students from all levels (freshmen-graduates). The study was divided into five traditional research style chapters. Diagrams and tables were included to aid in the explanation of the data for this study. Subjects were administered the Cooper Twelve-Minute Run-Walk Test as pretest and posttest measures. Analyses of the data included an unweighted means of analysis of variance (MANOVA) and an F ratio on pretest and posttest scores. In addition an F ratio and Tukey test were utilized to determine significance in groups having different instructors. The .05 level was utilized to determine significance. Results on the analyses of data revealed significance in the female aerobic dance group for distance (F prob = .000) and fitness (F prob = .018). Both are significant at or below the .05 level. No other group represented showed significance. No significance was found on groups having different instructors.