Aerobic Fitness Levels Among Undergraduate Students Of A Nigerian University Using Cooper’s 12-Minute Walk Test
Volume 2 - Issue 4, April 2018 Edition
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Ogundipe Akanni Oluwadare, Ogundiran Opeyemi Olufemi
Aerobic capacity, Cardiorespiratory fitness, Cooper’s 12-minute walk test
The objective of this study was to compare the aerobic capacity of the undergraduate students (non-athletes) of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, with the minimum normative values of aerobic capacity in non-athletes, males and females. The sample for this research consisted of one hundred (100) undergraduate students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, with the age between 18-25 years. A post-test only design, involving the Cooper’s 12-minute walk test was used to evaluate their cardiorespiratory fitness. Data were collected, organized, and analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. T-tests were used in testing the null hypotheses at 0.01 level of significance. It was evidenced that the aerobic capacity of males was higher than females. Furthermore, the mean VO2 max values in the male and female participants were significantly lower than their respective minimum normative values. The outcome of the study suggested a low cardiorespiratory fitness among the undergraduate, non-athlete students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
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