Accession Number:

ADA169672

Title:

An Evaluation of Physical Readiness Training in Armor One Station Unit Training

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Feb-Jul 1984

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Report Date:

1984-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

This research effort compared the effectiveness of a recently developed physical readiness training program with the standard readiness training. The existing program had soldiers do as many pushups or situps as possible in 2 minutes on alternating days. The new Kersey program, which is based on behavior modification principles, had each soldier repeat a gradually increasing number of sets of pushups, with each set being 50 of his maximum number. Soldiers also recorded their own performance data individually. Soldiers who used the Kersey program showed greater increases in upper body strength. When the program was implemented brigade-wide, there was a substantial decrease in the number of failures on the Army Physical Readiness Test APRT. The report also examiens the relationship of a variety of demographic and performance factors to physical fitness performance, as well as discussing the relative importance of the pushup, situp, and 2-mile run subtests in the APRT. Keywords Armor Army training Behavior Modification Muscles Performand human Physical fitness Predictions Training.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE