The Relationship Among Heat Illness, Age, Blood Pressure Pulse Rate, Vo2 Max, And Percentage Of Body Fat In Football Players During Pre-Season Practice (oxygen Volume)

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Doctor of Education (Educat.D.)


Records of a football team for the years 1981 and 1982 were examined in a retrospective study to determine whether there was a statistical relationship between any of the variables age, blood pressure, pulse rate, VO(,2) max, or percentage of body fat and the incidence of heat illness during fall practice.Data collected and recorded by the team physician and training staff for the two consecutive years were the subject of a two-tailed t-test analysis. Variables age, blood pressure, VO(,2) max, and percentage of body fat showed no significant statistical relationship to the incidence of heat illness. The variable pulse rate showed an obtained probability value of .009 with regard to the 1982 data, and an obtained probability value of .855 for the 1981 data.Reference to raw data was made to determine the cause of the wide discrepancy between statistical results obtained from 1981 to 1982 data. Examination of raw data showed that varsity players who sustained heat illness in 1982 had sustained a 13 point average decrease in their pulse rate between the fall of 1981 and the fall of 1982.This study concludes that a large drop in pulse rate was related to the occurrance of heat illness in the population under study.


Education, Physical

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