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Medicina dello Sport 2011 March;64(1):1-8

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Correlates of leg and abdominal fitness in university female students

Amusa L. O., Goon D. T., Agbonjinmi A. P.

Centre for Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa


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Aim. This study was designed to assess leg and abdominal fitness in the first set of female students admitted into programmes of study at the Centre for Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, Limpopo Province, Republic of South Africa.
Methods. Twelve female students admitted into the Centre were studied. The mean ± SD for age, body mass and stature were 20.00±2.31 years, 59.77±5.88 kg and 160.19±3.96 cm respectively. Complete anthropometric measurements of the subjects were taken using ISAK procedure. The following variables are reported in this study: seven skinfolds (SFs) and six girths. Leg fitness was assessed with standing broad jump (SBJ), vertical jump (VJ) and 50 meters run using standard procedures. Leg mechanical power (LMP) was computed from weight and time elapsed for 50 m. Abdominal fitness was assessed with bent-knee sit-up.
Results. The following significant correlations were observed: sum of leg SFs and SBJ (-0.63), calf girth and LMP (0.83), upper thigh girth and LMP (0.73), middle thigh girth and LMP (0.64), sum of leg girths and LMP (0.78), middle thigh girth and SBJ (-0.63), mid-axilla and sit-up (0.66) and between supraspinale and sit-up (0.83). Definite correlational patterns were observed for leg and abdominal fitness.
Conclusion. Our data suggest that our subjects are below average in leg and abdominal fitness

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