Judy G. Busch

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


The purpose of this study was to establish norms for the AAHPER Youth Fitness Test for South Dakota girls in grades seven through ten and to compare their scores with those of national girls. One school was selected to represent each region or section of the South Dakota High School Activities' Association. The number selected from each school was in proportion to the school's enrollment. The AAHPER Youth Fitness Test was administered to one thousand South Dakota girls in grades seven through ten. Norms were established by computing every fifth percentile. The scores of South Dakota girls were compared with the scores of national girls, using age only. The medians of South .Dakota girls were then compared to the medians of the national girls on each test item. It was found that the medians for South Dakota girls were higher than the medians for national girls on all items except for the flexed arm hang. The scores of South Dakota girls tended to show improvement as age increased whereas the scores for national girls tended to level off or drop.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Physical fitness -- South Dakota



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South Dakota State University