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SHOULD MARCHING BAND BE ALLOWED TO REPLACE PHYSICAL EDUCATION CREDITS: AN ANALYSIS

Brad Strand, Christa Sommer

Abstract


The general purpose of this study was to determine if marching band members, while carrying instruments, obtained 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on a daily basis. Heart rates were collected on 16 members of a university marching band. Results indicate a significant difference in highest heart rate means for those carrying light and heavy instruments. Subjects carrying heavy instruments obtained moderate intensity physical activity for 9.5 minutes daily while subjects carrying light instruments obtained moderate intensity physical activity for 8.3 minutes daily. Subjects did not meet the Surgeon General’s recommendation of 30 minutes daily of moderate activity from participation in marching band.?

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