Background & Objectives: The Physical Fitness index measures the physical fitness for Muscular work & the ability to recover from the work. For living a healthy life it is important to have healthy body as well as healthy mind. Budding Physiotherapists should have good combination of Physical & Mental Health for better efficacy. Mental stress is a feeling of strain and pressure. Also this is one type of psychological pain. Mental stress can be measured by how we feel it with the help of perceived stress scale. The Present study was undertaken to compare and correlate level of physical fitness and level of mental stress in exercising and non-exercising Physiotherapy students.
Method: 220 participants were taken, 110 in each group. Modified Harvard step test and Perceived Stress Scale questionnaire were used to compare and correlate physical fitness and mental stress respectively amongst the 2 groups, i.e. Exercising Physiotherapy Students & Non- Exercising Physiotherapy Students.
Data Analysis: Statistical analysis was done using MS –Excel. Unpaired t test & Correlation Coefficient were calculated.
Result: The study showed higher physical fitness and lower mental stress level in exercising group and positive correlation between physical fitness and mental stress.
Conclusion: The Present study was done to assess the Physical Fitness and level of Mental Stress in Exercising and Non-Exercising Physiotherapy Students which showed better Physical Fitness and lower Mental stress levels among exercising group than those of non-exercising Physiotherapy Student group. Physical Fitness and mental stress have inversely proportional, very significant, moderate in strength correlation between them. This means that increase in Physical fitness level causes decrease in level of Mental Stress.