The Present Status of Physical Fitness in the Air Force
SCHOOL OF AVIATION MEDICINE RANDOLPH AFB TX
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Work capacity, a sensitive and realistic measure of physical fitness, was determined on more than 500 military and civilian Air Force personnel for the purpose of collecting material for the standardization of physical performance capacity. A treadmill test permitted an evaluation of results in physical as well as in physiologic terms. On the basis of results, physiologic considerations, and observations of men at various stages of physical training, an arbitrary rating scale of work capacity is suggested. According to this pilot study 42 percent of the test population had to be rated as poor and 40 percent as fair. Only 18 percent could be considered as having a good or better physical condition. Sedentary living habits, more than aging or other factors, were apparently the main antagonists of good physical fitness.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations