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ERIC Number: EJ913478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2080-2234
Somatic and Functional Status of Boys from Various Social and Environmental Categories
Domaradzki, Jaroslaw; Ignasiak, Zofia; Slawinska, Teresa
Biomedical Human Kinetics, v1 p56-59 2009
Study aim: To assess the somatic and fitness status of adolescent boys from polluted industrial areas. Material and methods: A group of 313 boys aged 11-15 years from 5 villages located in the copper mine area in South-Western Poland were classified by the degree of lead and cadmium pollution (high--very high) and by parents' education (primary--secondary or higher). Somatic (body height and mass, BMI, body fat content) and functional (handgrip strength, standing broad jump, sit-and-reach, plate tapping, 1-kg medicinal ball throw, reaction time) were recorded. The data were standardised against age-specific means and standard deviations and subjected to two-way ANOVA. Results: Boys from more polluted area had significantly (p less than 0.01) higher BMI than those from the less polluted one but only when their parents had primary education. Explosive strength was significantly higher in the less polluted area (p less than 0.05) and when parents had higher than primary education (p less than 0.01). In case of reaction speed only the degree of environmental pollution had significant effect (p less than 0.05), no significant effects being noted for other variables. Conclusions: The results pointed to the importance of parents' education in shaping health-directed behaviours, which may compensate for the negative impact of a degraded environment. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland