Physical Fitness in a Submarine Community as Determined by the U.S. Navy Health and Physical Readiness Test
NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT
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This study was conducted to test the hypothesis that personnel assigned to submarine duty would display less physical fitness as compared to shore based personnel. A message was submitted to all naval activities at a Naval Submarine Base requesting individual test scores from the annual Health and Physical Readiness HPR Test. The results from the statistical analysis showed that the majority of personnel in both populations were classified as good, which is an average level of physical fitness as determined by the navys fitness classification table. One percent of both populations were classified as outstanding and approximately ten percent failed to meet the minimum physical fitness requirements. A body fat value greater than 22 percent was the cause for the majority of test failures. In conclusion, the results of the analysis of HPR data do not support the widely held belief that submarine personnel are less physical fit than their shore based counterparts.
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