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Cardiovascular system--Diseases--Genetic aspects; Children--Health and hygiene;


The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship exists between physical fitness level and family history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among primary school students. A total of 43 primary school students of Price Laboratory School, Cedar Falls, Iowa served as subjects in the study. A questionnaire was developed to collect information from the parents of each subject regarding the subject's family history of CVD. Each positive response on the questionnaire was affixed a point value. Each subject's points were summed; and these totals were placed in rank order with that of all other subjects, lowest total, representing least incidence of CVD, ranked first. Physical Fitness was determined by a battery of the four tests in the Health Related Physical Fitness Test (HRPFT). Raw scores on HRPFT were converted into percentiles based on national norms. The mean of each subject's four percentiles was then determined; and these mean percentiles were placed in rank order with that of other subjects. The largest mean, representing greatest fitness level, ranked first. Analysis using the Spearman Correlation of Coefficient on the rank orders of family history of CVD and fitness revealed a correlation of r = -.0547. Significance was established at r = .364. Possible reasons for the lack of significance included the homogeneity of the subjects in terms of family history, the young age of the subjects preventing CVD effects on fitness, and environmental factors that may affect fitness which were uncontrolled.

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Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Forrest Dolgener

Second Advisor

Larry D. Hensley

Third Advisor

Jane E. Richards


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