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P-6 Effect of eight weeks basketball and swimming on health-related fitness of male university students
  1. Mohammed Hamdan Hashem Mohammed
  1. Physical Education Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia


Aim To determine the effect of eight weeks basketball and swimming on the health-related fitness of male university students.

Method Students who registered for the “Swimming and basketball” physical education course had two classes a week that lasted 45 minutes each. Their health-related fitness was assessed before and after eight weeks. The following methods were used for assessment: (a) body mass measurements for body composition, (b) standing long jump for explosive leg strength, (c) 60s curl-ups for muscular endurance, (d) 1.6 km run for cardiorespiratory fitness, and (e) sit-and-reach box test for trunk flexibility. Paired t-test was used to compare pre and post data with alpha values for statistical significance set at 0.05.

Results Forty six students (18-20 years, mean age (SD) = 18.72 years (0.54)) completed all the assessments. There were improvements (p < 0.05) in the following variables (mean (SD), percentage improvement): (a) muscular endurance (35 (9) vs 39 (9) repetitions, 9.28%), (b) trunk flexibility (26.6 (8.0) vs 29.7 (7.9) cm, 11.34%), (c) 1.6 km run time (7.19 (2.52) vs 6.78 (1.53) min, 5.71%) and (d) explosive leg strength (172 (24) vs 180 (26) cm, 4.62%).

Conclusion There is evidence that the program improved the health-related fitness of the students.

Acknowledgment The author thanks the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for supporting the presentation of this conference paper.

  • Basketball
  • health-related fitness
  • physical education
  • swimming
  • university students.

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