The Effect of High Intensity Physical Education Instruction on the Cardio-Respiratory Fitness of Middle School Students
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Type of Work42 p.
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ProgramMasters of Education
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SubjectsEducation -- Research papers (Graduate)
Physical fitness -- Testing
Middle school students
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of intensified physical education instruction on the cardio-respiratory fitness of middle school students. This study occurred over an eight week period and utilized a pre-test/post-test design. All participants in the study received daily physical education. The treatment group received intensified physical education instruction over the course of a thirty day intervention period. During the intensified physical education instruction, students were engaged in activities designed to elicit a heart rate intensity level within a personal target heart rate zone for ten minutes. The control group received normal physical education instruction during the same time period. Attainment of target heart rate zone was assessed and recorded through a series of self-reported pulse checks using heart rate monitor watches. Cardio-respiratory fitness was measured pre and post-intervention using the FitnessGram PACER test. The results of the study revealed that there was no statistically significant increase in the average PACER score of the treatment group. However, a small increase was noted by the researcher, prompting the recommendation for additional research over a longer period of time to continue the evaluation of intensified physical education instruction as a method to increase the cardio-respiratory fitness of middle school students.