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Acta Biologica Hungarica

, Volume 66, Issue 3, pp 270–281 | Cite as

Changes in Physical Fitness of Hungarian College Students in the Last Fifteen Years

  • Mónika Kaj
  • Éva Tékus
  • Ivett Juhász
  • Katinka Stomp
  • Márta WilhelmEmail author
Article

Abstract

This study compared the physical fitness of Hungarian undergraduate students in 2011–2012 with the representative sample surveyed in 1997–1998. A total of 123 males and 309 females (mean age 21.19 ± 2.19 yrs) were randomly selected in two Hungarian universities (Pécs, Kaposvár). Anthropometric data (height, weight, skinfolds, body fat percentages) were measured and the subjects performed 9 tests of the Euroft Fitness Test Battery. The BMI, total body fat and performance in most of the fitness components (balance, agility/speed, flexibility, abdominal muscular strength, aerobic fitness of females) was higher in 1997–1998 (p < 0.05) whereas the handgrip strength and performance in Bent Arm Hanging test were significantly better in 2011–2012 (p < 0.001). These findings support interventions focusing on increasing regular physical activity among Hungarian youth.

Keywords

Young adults anthropometry physical fitness Euroft 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mónika Kaj
    • 1
  • Éva Tékus
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ivett Juhász
    • 3
  • Katinka Stomp
    • 3
  • Márta Wilhelm
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Doctoral School of Health SciencesUniversity of PécsPécsHungary
  2. 2.Department of SportbiologyUniversity of PécsPécsHungary
  3. 3.Department of Leisure Sports and RecreationUniversity of PécsPécsHungary

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