Evaluation of the Army Physical Training and Weight Control Programs. Part 3. The Revised Survey.
Final rept. Jan-Dec 85,
ARMY HEALTH CARE STUDIES AND CLINICAL INVESTIGATION ACTIVITY FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HCS DIV
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This report presents an improved survey based on our prior experience, and offers a suggested methodology for evaluating physical fitness programs. The revised survey retains sections dealing with exercise frequency, intensity, and duration, organizational support for exercise, dealing with exercise frequency, intensity, and duration, organizational support for exercise, exercise injuries, and attitudes toward fitness and exercise. Attitudes toward fitness are a major determinant of long-term adherence to a fitness program. We have successfuly tested earlier versions of ths survey on students in the AMEDD Officer Advanced Course and Advanced NCOES Course. Based on our analyses of these data, the length of the instrument was reduced from 205 items to 89 items. We feel that the revised instrument will capture comparable information but will be much more acceptable to the respondents. The survey instrument is available from the authors on CPT format 8 floppy discs, MS-DOS format 5 14 floppy disks, and CPM format 5 14 floppy disks. Data on personal history, strength, stamina, flexibility, and body fat percentage should also be collected a s part of a comprehensive fitness evaluation. The methodology for evaluating physical fitness outline in this report is intended for field use with large groups of personnel. Thus, considerable effort has been expended to develop andor identify techniques which can be employed quickly in applied settings. We feel that this methodology could be successfully applied to both longitudinal and to cross sectional studies. Post fitness coordinators and appropriate medical treatment facility personnel can provide valuable assistance in conducting these studies. Author
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