James Riley

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


According to the various definitions, physical fitness is a qualitative element composed of many factors; so in order to properly evaluate physical fitness, it would be necessary to measure all of the various factors. It is generally conceded that a test is needed that will be sensitive to the effects upon the organism of lack of exercise, of faculty health habits, and of organic drains. The Roger’s Physical Fitness Test was intended to be such a measure. This test is based upon the assumption that to rate well, one must have efficiently functioning organs and well-developed muscles; however, the relative proportion of skill, effort, cardiovascular condition, body build factors, and abs0olute strength entering into the test is relatively unknown. The ideal situation in testing physical fitness would be to be able to administer a test and f4rom the results judge the degree of physical fitness of a person possesses in terms of physical strength, organic efficiency, and motor fitness. At the present time, the Roger’s Physical Fitness Test is the best available instrument to measure physical fitness. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of eight weeks of developmental physical education upon certain cardiovascular conditions of twenty men students with physical fitness indices of eight-five and below and twenty men students with a physical fitness index of eighty-six and above. Specifically, the study examined the effects of a developmental program on pulse rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, fatigue ratio, and changes in physical fitness index after the groups completed the program.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Physical Fitness
Physical education and training


Includes bibliographical references (pages 33-35)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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