College of Health Sciences & Human Performance

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Lois Hale, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Steven Aicinena, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Patricia Sherblom, Ph.D.


The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between maintenance of physical fitness, over a two-year period, and attitudes toward physical education and fitness testing among elementary students. Participants in this study consisted of 199 elementary school children. Differences in Fitnessgram scores between Hispanic and Caucasian boys and girls at various ages were compared. A 2 (gender) by 2 (ethnicity) by 5 (birth year) by 4 (testing session, repeated measure) analysis of variance (ANOVA) was computed for the Mile Run and BMI scores. The hypothesis that those students who had high positive attitudes toward physical education, or high positive attitudes toward fitness testing, would be more likely to maintain or improve their fitness levels was not supported.



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