Award Date

5-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

Department

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

First Committee Member

Lawrence Golding, Chair

Second Committee Member

John C. Young

Third Committee Member

Richard Tandy

Graduate Faculty Representative

J. Wesley McWhorter

Number of Pages

85

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate body composition and blood pressure as potential risk factors for coronary artery disease after 3 years of participation in a structured exercise program. The sample group was comprised of 21 male participants (66%) and 11 (34%) female participants with a mean age of 55 years who attended the exercise program and completed health and fitness testing annually. Participants did cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training 5 days a week with an average attendance of 70%. After 3 years, BMI, waist circumference, and percent body fat increased significantly (p < .01); blood pressure levels did not change significantly (p > .05). Low control of diet may have contributed to worsening body composition measurements.

Keywords

Blood pressure; Cardiovascular system – Diseases – Exercise therapy; Cardiovascular fitness; Coronary arteries – Diseases; Exercise; Exercise – Physiological aspects; Physical fitness; Stretching exercises; Weight training

Disciplines

Cardiovascular Diseases | Kinesiology

Language

English


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