Skill-Related Fitness of Undergraduate Kinesiology Students

Authors

  • Frank J. Spaniol Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
  • Lindsey M. Jarrett Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
  • Liette B. Ocker Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
  • Randy A. Bonnette Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
  • Don R. Melrose Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi

Abstract

The purposes of this study were to investigate the skill-related fitness levels of undergraduate kinesiology majors in relation to the general population of college students of the same age, to investigate whether a difference exists between females and males in overall performance, and to examine the relationship between fitness and kinesiology specializations. Undergraduate kinesiology students were assessed using skill-related fitness tests that included scores from power, agility, speed, and balance tests. It was anticipated that undergraduate kinesiology students would possess higher skilled fitness than (or, at a minimum, equal to) the general public; however, the results were ambiguous and also no significant differences were found between female and male performance. Data from this study can serve to update normative population information, to add to the body of knowledge of current fitness levels for this population, and to contribute to the issue of inclusion of fitness standards for kinesiology preprofessionals. 

Author Biographies

Frank J. Spaniol, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi

Department of Kinesiology, Professor

Lindsey M. Jarrett, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi

Department of Kinesiology, Adjunct Instructor

Liette B. Ocker, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi

Department of Kinesiology, Assistant Professor

Randy A. Bonnette, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi

Department of Kinesiology, Chair/ Associate Professor

Don R. Melrose, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi

Department of Kinesiology, Associate Professor

Published

2013-09-12

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