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Comparative Study of the Physical Fitness of Nigerian Armed Forces Personnel

Comparative Study of the Physical Fitness of Nigerian Armed Forces Personnel.

ABSTRACT

The study was on the physical fitness of Nigerian Armed Forces personnel. The motivation for the research was kindled by the observed variations in the results of physically demanding tasks performed by personnel of the three Armed Services in joint military operations.

The study was to assess the physical fitness of Nigerian Armed Forces personnel towards ensuring the proper assignment of physically demanding tasks to the Nigerian Armed Forces personnel during joint military operations in order to enhance operational efficiency.

Data were collected using field method and document analysis. In achieving the purpose of the study, 35 male and 20 female Nigerian Army  personnel, 30 male and 13 female Nigerian Air Force personnel and 25 male and 10 female Nigerian Navy personnel were randomly selected to serve as participants in this study.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page        –           –          ii

Declaration      –           –        iii

Certification    –           –        iv

Dedication      –           –           v

Acknowledgements    –            vi

Abstract          –           –      vii

Table of Contents       –         viii

List of Tables –           –       x

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

  • Background to the study –               1
  • Statement of the problem –             3
  • Research Questions –           –           4
  • Basic Assumptions –           –            4
  • Hypothesis        –           –           –      4
  • Significance of the study- –            5
  • Delimitations –           –           –          6
  • Limitations-      –           –           –        6
  • OperationalDefinition of Terms-     7

CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

  • Introduction –              8
  • Components of Physical fitness –       8
  • Importance of physical fitness –        16
  • Health related physical fitness components –      18
  • Physical Fitness Requirements of the Nigerian Armed Forces and Other World Militaries           –   32

CHAPTER THREE:  METHODOLOGY

  • Introduction –           –         37
  • Research Design –           –      37
  • Population       –           –         37
  • Sample and Sampling Technique        –  38
  • Instrument       –           –    39
  • Tests    –           –           –           –  40
  • Test Description –           –   41
  • Sequence of Testing –           –        43
  • Research Assistants –           –         43
  • Statistical Techniques – –           –    43

CHAPTER FOUR:       RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

  • Introduction       –              45
  • Results   –           –           –     45
  • Discussion          –           –    51

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Summary            –           –   55
  • Conclusion         –           –       56
  • Recommendations         –       56

REFERENCES        –           –  58

INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY

The promotion of physical fitness through physical activity among children, adolescents and adults has become a public health objective.

In recent years around the world, there has been serious concern over declining physical activity levels among these segments of the population as a result of more time spent on less vigorous recreational activities, such as Video Games and Watching Television (Dinubile, 1993).

Research evidence has shown that vast technological progress made in modern times has markedly affected lifestyle of many societies and has crept into developing countries at a fast rate, thus changing the whole pattern of our lifestyle,

Physical fitness is an essential requirement not only for optimal health, but also for better performance and quality of life (Hayward; 1998; Venkateswarlu; 2009, 2010).

It is of particular importance to Armed Forces all over the world, not only because of its benefits, but also because it makes the soldiers battle ready.

REFERENCES

American Alliance for Health,  physical  Education  Recreation  and  Dance  (AAPHERD) (1990). Instructive Guide to Physical Fitness Education and Assessment. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Reston, Verainia.

American Alliance for Health, physical Education,  Recreation  and  Dance  (AAPHERD) (1980).Life time Health Related Fitness Test Manual. American Alliance for Health physical, Recreation and Dance, Reson, Verainia.

Billat, V.L.; Lepretre, P.M.; Hevbert R.P.; Koraslien J.P.; Gazeau F.P. (2004). Influence of acute moderately Poxia on tunie to exhaustion at Vo2 max in unacclimatize runner. Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 43, 578 – 625.

Bray,  G.A;  Rozin,   M   and   Lister.   (1970).   “Some   relationships   Between   Oxygen Consumption and Body Composition of Obese Patients”. Metabolism 19:48-429.

Burke E.  (1976)  “Validity  of  selected  laboratory  and  field  tests  of  physical  working capability” Research Quarterly Vol. pp. 95-102.

Buskirk F.R. (1974) “Obesity, a Brief Overview With Emphasis on  Exercise”  Federation Proceedings: 33(8), 225-229.

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