The relationship between the AAHPER Youth Fitness Test and the twelve-minute test

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Karla Ruth Johnston (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemary McGee

Abstract: Relationships were studied between the AAHPER Youth Fitness Test, primarily a measure of motor fitness, and Cooper's Twelve- Minute Test, a field test for cardiorespiratory fitness. The two tests were administered to forty-seven women physical education majors at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Correlation coefficients were determined by means of the Pearson r using the original data. The .05 level of confidence was considered acceptable for these coefficients. Significant relationships were found between the t-score totals of the AAHPER test and both the distance covered and the fitness categories of the Twelve-Minute Test. Other significant relationships were found between each item of the AAHPER battery and the T-score total of the battery. Five of these items, the 600-yard walk-run, softball throw, standing broad jump, shuttle run, and bent-arm hang, also were significantly related to the Twelve-Minute Test. It was concluded that the two tests could not be used interchangeably although they are related significantly. None of the items of the AAHPER battery is closely enough related to be used to replace either the total battery or the Twelve-Minute Test. However, the relationships which were significant indicate that both tests are probably at least partial indicators of both motor and cardiorespiratory fitness. For the purposes of testing large groups of subjects, the Twelve-Minute Test serves well as a sound measure of fitness which is administratively efficient.

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Language: English
Date: 1970

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