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Fitness-performance of southern British Columbia Indian children Waldie, Jean V. M.

Abstract

Fitness performance of southern British Columbia Indian children as measured by the Canadian Association for Health Physical Education and Recreation Fitness-Performance Test was studied to determine the following. 1. Were there any significant differences between the fitness performance of the Indian children tested and the fitness performance of other Canadian children? 2. Were there any significant differences between the fitness performance of the Indian children who attended provincial schools and those who attended Indian schools? 3. Were there any significant differences between the fitness performance of the Indian children who lived in residence and those who lived at home? The CAHPER Fitness-Performance Test was administered to 651 Indian children between the ages of eight to seventeen years. The subjects were students of selected Indian schools or were living in Indian residential schools selected for this study. The significant differences found which showed the Indian children to have better performances were concentrated in three test items: the flexed arm hang, the shuttle run, and the fifty yard run. The CAHPER mean scores which were found to be significantly better were concentrated in two test items: the standing broad jump and the one minute speed sit-up tests. In the comparison of the fitness performance of Indian children attending provincial schools with the Indian school students, all of the significant differences found indicated a superior performance by provincial school students. Only one significant difference was found which favoured the Indian children who lived at home. Significantly better scores for Indian children who live in residence were found on all test items.

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