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FG Project: Phase 1 Summary of Results

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IOWA FITNESSGRAM PILOT PROJECT
Summary of Results
                                               Implementation of this project helped to support the need for further understanding of the utility of 2 new musculoskeletal fitness assessments in school PE: the vertical jump (measure of lower body power) and handgrip strength (measure of upper body strength).  A total of 9 volunteer PE classes consisting of 252 5th - 8th grade students participated in the 10 week project, The project was structured with 2 fitness testing periods separated by an 8 week musculoskeletal fitness warm-up program. Each class was assigned to either a strength-focused or a power-focused warm-up program, which was performed twice per week at the beginning of class.
PROJECT OVERVIEW
                        This infographic will explore the main findings from the Fall 2017 FitnessGram Musculoskeletal Fitness Project.
WELCOME
INTRODUCTION
Page 1: Introduction
PLYOMETRIC POWER GROUP
  • Power - Maximum rate or "explosiveness" that a workload is executed
  • Program training goal: Lower body power
  • Corresponding measure: Vertical jump
VERTICAL JUMP RESULTS
Distribution of Percent Improvement
Plyometric Power Group - Vertical Jump
% Improvement Category
RESULTS
22.4%
14.3%
63.3%
57.0%
of students improved
Page 2: Plyometric Power Group Results
RESULTS
STRENGTH GROUP
  • Strength - Maximum force muscles can exert in a single effort
  • Program training goal: Upper body strength
  • Corresponding measure: Handgrip strength
HANDGRIP STRENGTH RESULTS
Distribution of Percent Student Improvement
Strength Group - Handgrip Strength
40.4%
LEFT HANDGRIP
% Improvement Category
31.3%
28.1%
28.1%
23.3%
18.6%
39.5%
12.5%
18.6%
of students improved
RIGHT HANDGRIP
LEFT HANDGRIP
57.1%
of students improved
RIGHT HANDGRIP
Page 3: Strength Group Results
SUMMARY
  • Plyometric Power Group achieved greatest average improvement in vertical jump scores
  • Overall student improvement:   4.4%
  • Strength Group achieved greatest average improvement in handgrip strength scores
  • Overall student improvement:  Right Hand - 1.3%   Left Hand - 3.8%
VERTICAL JUMP
HANDGRIP STRENGTH
                              This project could not have been completed without the generous support and volunteerism of the Iowa FitnessGram schools who participated. Your active involvement and willingness to serve in the growth and development of this battery, as well as school PE programs nationwide, is valued and appreciated beyond words.
THANK YOU!
Page 4: Summary