Comparative Study Of Physical Fitness Index And Predicted VO2max among Rural And Urban Female Students

Authors

  • G.Suneethi
  • Girija.B

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijop.v10i2.3253

Keywords:

Female subjects, Harvard step test PFI, Queen’s College Test, Vo2 max

Abstract

Background: Physical fitness index (PFI) measures fitness for muscular work and ability to
recover from work. It assess cardiopulmonary efficiency. Vo2 max refers to maximum amount of
oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense exercise and is best indicator of cardiovascular
fitness and aerobic endurance. PFI and Vo2 max are dependent on height, weight, BMI. Differences
in anthropometry among urban and rural subjects due to different environmental, social, nutritional
and life style habits can affect PFI and Vo2 max. Thus present study is intended to compare PFI and
predicted Vo2 max among rural and urban female students.
Materials and Methods: 50 participants of age group 18-20 years, 25 sedentary female subjects
from each of rural and urban sectors of 1st year MBBS were taken by random sampling. PFI was
determined by modified Harvard step test and Vo2 max was determined by Indirect Queens college
step test. Mean PFI was higher in rural group compared to urban group (p= 0.48). Mean Vo2 max
was similar in both the groups (p=0.99). PFI was positively correlated with Vo2 max in both the
groups (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Rural female students do not have a statistically significant higher value of PFI and
Vo2 max than urban female students.

Author Biographies

G.Suneethi

Post graduate, Department of Physiology, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Fort, K R road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Girija.B

Professor and HOD, Department of Physiology, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Fort, K R road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Published

2022-04-27

How to Cite

G.Suneethi, & Girija.B. (2022). Comparative Study Of Physical Fitness Index And Predicted VO2max among Rural And Urban Female Students. International Journal of Physiology, 10(2), 20–24. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijop.v10i2.3253