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ERIC Number: ED319349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-19
Pages: 7
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Comparison of Selected Physical Parameters between American and Chinese Male College Students.
Ho, Kwok W.; Chai, Dennis X.
The physical fitness status of Chinese college students was evaluated, and selected physical fitness characteristics were compared between American and Chinese college students. Male college freshmen (112 Americans, mostly Caucasian, from a university in the Midwest and 261 Chinese from a college in southern China) were the subjects. All subjects were measured with a battery of tests including body weight and height, grip strength, trunk flexion (sit and reach), vertical jump, agility run, and skinfold measurements. American students scored significantly higher in body weight, body height, all of the four skinfold measures, and grip strength. They also ran faster in the agility run test. The Chinese students jumped higher in the vertical jump test. The Chinese students were significantly thinner than their American counterparts. Although absolute grip strength and leg power were significantly higher for American students, the relative grip strength and relative leg power were higher for the Chinese. There were no significant differences in trunk flexion between groups. Results may reflect differences in nutritional status, eating habits, and lifestyles. Includes 11 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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