study on the fitness level among students of Victor Babes University of
Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara
Elena Doina Mircioagă1, Alexandra Mircioagă2, Sorin Ursoniu1 Elena Bulucea3
1“Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara,
2Physical Education and Sports Department, West University
3County Emergency Clinical Hospital Timisoara, Romania
Physical inactivity is a risk factor for obesity that in turn is a risk
factor for pathological conditions. The objectives of the research were
to assess the fitness level among medical students, to determine their
body mass index, whether they practise sports or not, during an
Material and method. A questionnaire was used to
assess the fitness level of the first and second year medical students
of the “Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy. The study
was completed between October 2011 and May 2012.
Results. Group 1
consisted of 569 students: 433 females (76.23%) and 135 males (23.77%)
who attended the physical education and sports classes, but did not
practised competition sports. Group 2 consisted of 53 students: 20
females (37.74%) and 33 males (62.26%) who practised competition sports
(basketball, volleyball, football) and played in the university teams.
Group1 had the following characteristics: age 18-44 years, height 150 –
185 cm, weight 40-155 kg, BMI 15.6 – 35.4. Group 2 had the following
characteristics: age 19-28 years, height 162 – 195 cm, weight 55-113
kg, BMI 17.6 – 30.9. In group 1, 13.56% of the students were
underweight, 9.15% overweight, 1.94%, obese and 75.35% normal weight.
In group 2, 5.77% of the students were underweight, 5.77% overweight,
3.85% obese, and 84.62% normal weight.
Conclusion. Regular physical activity is essential for the prevention of overweight and obesity.
fitness, physical condition, medical students, BMI.