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Facta universitatis - series: Physical Education and Sport
2011, vol. 9, iss. 2, pp. 113-120
article language: English
document type: Original Paper

The effects of kick aerobics on the fitness abilities of female high school students
aUniveristy of Niš, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education
bUniversity of Kragujevac, Faculty of Medicine

e-mail: pcelica_kg@yahoo.com

Abstract

The aim of our work was to assess the effects of Kick aerobics on the fitness abilities of female high school students. Sixty female students participated in the study. They were engaged in physical education classes twice a week, for four months. 30 students (age 16 ± 0.5 years) participated in the experimental program of Kick aerobics and 30 age matched students were the control group that participated in the official high school physical education program. Fitness abilities were assessed by means of a battery of tests. During the initial measuring, the morphological and fitness status of the participants from the experimental and the control group were similar. In the final examination there was statistically significant difference in the fitness abilities between the two examined groups, in favor of the experimental group. The fitness status of the subjects from both groups changed after four months of training, but the changes were dependent on the type of training program. Both groups experienced an improvement in strength of the lower back and flexibility of hamstrings, but the participants from the experimental group improved the strength of the lower body (thigh strength), while the participants from the control group improved the strength of the upper body (strength of the shoulder belt and arms). In addition, the participants that practiced Kick aerobics improved their shoulder flexibility and cardio respiratory fitness. The Kick aerobics program can be used as an effective tool in physical education, to help the motor skills transformation of high school students.

Keywords

kick aerobics; female adolescents; fitness abilities

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