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Examining and Comparing the Health and Performance Indices of University Undergraduate Students According to Year of Study and Gender

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Examining and Comparing the Health and Performance Indices of University Undergraduate Students According to Year of Study and Gender

Monday Omoniyi Moses et al. J Exerc Rehabil.

Abstract

This study examined and compared, based on year of study and gender, the health and performance indices of university undergraduate students. Eighty-nine students (mean±standard deviation age, 22.47±2.22 years) were randomly selected for assessment prior to second semester examination of 2015/2016 academic year. body mass index, resting metabolic rate, visceral fat, skeletal muscle mass, body fat, systolic & diastolic blood pressure, resting heart rate, upper & lower body endurance, handgrip strength, and lower back and hamstring flexibility were assessed. The students had sedentary heart rate, low skeletal muscle mass, average upper and lower body endurance, and weak handgrip strength. Significant difference existed in the visceral fat (P=0.008) between third and fourth year students. There were significant gender differences in resting metabolic rate (P=0.000), skeletal muscle mass (P=0.000), body fat (P=0.000), systolic blood pressure (P=0.001), heart rate (P=0.005) and handgrip strength (P=0.000). There are gender differences in association between health and performance indices. Dependable health education and pragmatic involvement of undergraduate university students in structured exercise programmes are recommended.

Keywords: Blood pressure; Body composition; Flexibility; Muscular endurance; University undergraduate students.

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

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