Re-orienting High School Physical Education: A Fitness Club Model

Project Description/Abstract:

Background/Purpose This project aimed to demonstrate the efficacy of a health optimizing physical education program, referred to as a fitness club model, in a high school setting. Methods Quantitative and qualitative data collection methods were used to objectively assess students' moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), components of health-related physical fitness, and perceptions toward physical activity and physical education. Twenty-eight female students (17 intervention; 11 control) participated in the study. MVPA data were collected during 25% of the class sessions from both the intervention and control groups. Inter-observer reliability (IOA) checks averaged 93.51%. Analysis/Results The average student MVPA in the intervention group equaled 57% while the control group students reached 36% (p<0.05). Pre/post fitness testing variables included height, weight, body mass index, waist measurement, sit and reach, grip strength, push-ups, sit-ups and a 10 minute walk test. No significant differences in fitness test measures were found. Conclusions The fitness club model is a promising secondary level approach that deserves further study.

The manuscript has been submitted for publication in Summer 2014.