Study on cardio-respiratory fitness of physiotherapy students: A cross-sectional study
Sonia Pawaria, Sheetal Kalra, Sajjan Pal
Design: Cross-sectional Correlation study design. Background: Cardio respiratory fitness reflects the overall capacity of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and the ability to carry out prolonged exercise. Physiotherapist as trainers of fitness, they are themselves expected to have a good amount of fitness. Objectives: To assess the cardio-respiratory fitness of Physiotherapy students. Methods: 40 Physiotherapist students were selected through convenience random sampling for the study. Height and weight were measured to calculate the BMI of the students. VO2 max, and Physical fitness index of the students were evaluated through Harved step test. Results: Results of the study reveled that cardio-respiratory fitness of the Physiotherapist students was average. There was a strong positive correlation between VO2 max, and Physical fitness index. Conclusion: To achieve good cardio-respiratory fitness students should engage themselves in physical activities. Institutions should include some physical exercises in their curriculum.