PAPERS – abstract
rate of meeting physical activity
guidlinesc in university students: gender and cardiorespiratory fitness
Sehmus Aslan 2
Pamukkale University, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation,
University, School of Sports Science and Thecnology, Denizli, Turkey.
Background: Gender and
fitness differences in prevalence estimates of meeting two guidelines
for physical activity in university students were evaluated in this
Subjects and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out with 316
undergraduate university students. 55.4% of the sample was male.
Participants completed a Physical Activity Assessment Questionnaire
(FAAQ). To determine in prevalence of meeting the American College of
Sports Medicine (ACSM) (1990) fitness and Centres for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC)/ACSM (1995) health-related guidelines were
employed based on FAAQ. Cardiorespiratory fitness was measured in a
333m outdoor track with one-mile walking test and predicted maximal
oxygen consumption (VO2max) estimated by Kline’s
Results: Gender difference was found for percentage of students who met
the current ACSM and CDC/ACSM physical activity guidelines
Our results showed that more male students (42.9%) have participation
regularly vigorous activity than female students (27%). On the other
hand, more female students (47.5%) reported to participation moderately
activity in regularly than male students (38.3%). The highest VO2max
values were found in the both female and male students who met the
current ACSM physical activity guidelines (p<0.05).
Conclusion: The findings suggest that there is gender variation in
university students’ current physical activity level within
participating regularly physical activity have a positive effect on
cardiorespiratory fitness level.
activity, university students, cardirespiratory fitness, gender,