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ERIC Number: EJ903478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1930-4595
Middle School Student's Heart Rates during Different Curricular Activities in Physical Education
Gao, Zan; Hannon, James C.; Carson, Russell L.
ICHPER-SD Journal of Research, v4 n1 p21-24 Spr-Sum 2009
The purpose of this study was to determine if students' heart rate outcomes in physical education varied as a function of activity and grade. A total of 146 sixth to eighth graders participated in different activities (i.e., walking/jogging, line dancing, soccer, and catch ball). Their average heart rate (AHR) and percentage of time in and above target heart rate (PTHR) were used as outcome variables. The results yielded that students in line dancing exhibited significantly lower PTHR than other classes; no significant differences were found with AHR across the activities. Younger students (i.e., sixth graders) displayed significantly higher AHR and PTHR than older students (i.e., eighth graders). Educators must consider physiological effects that different activities may have on students when designing and implementing physical education programs. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A