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Fitness of Young People Entering the Navy.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Physical fitness was assessed for 302 male and 393 female recruits RCT upon entry into and at the completion of RCT training using the Navys Physical Readiness Test PRT consisting of 1.5-mile run time, sit-ups in 2 minutes, sit-reach distance, and percent of body fat estimation. Sit-ups performed in the first minute of the 2-minute test, and triceps skinfold thickness were also measured. Maximum number of pull-ups was measured for male, and flexed-arm hang time for female RCTs. RCT fitness was compared to American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance AAHPERD national norms for 17 year old high school students AAHPERD where possible, as well as to PRT scores from a sample of active duty Navy personnel AD. It was concluded that inadequate normative data on civilian populations, and technical constraints in study administration make interpretation of the comparisons with civilians difficult. It was clear that RCT training improved the physical fitness of RCTs. Finally it appears that RCT training graduates enter the fleet somewhat more fit than fleet sailors.
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