Analysis of the Effects on Student Nurses' Physical Fitness Via Exercise in a Community

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151923
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Presentation
Title:
Analysis of the Effects on Student Nurses' Physical Fitness Via Exercise in a Community
Abstract:
Analysis of the Effects on Student Nurses' Physical Fitness Via Exercise in a Community
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2011
Author:Chang, Chia-Hsiu, RN
P.I. Institution Name:National Cheng Kung University
Title:Instructor
Co-Authors:Li-Ling Wu RN, Instruct
Shou-Sheng Tang MD, Director, Department of Chest & Nursing Home
Chung-Hey Chen PhD, Professor
[22nd International Nursing Research Congress - Evidence-based Practice Presentation] Background. Lifestyle changes and a reduced motivation to do regular exercise result in an increased incidence of chronic diseases and metabolic syndrome within a community. Student nurses usually require more energy to provide health care services within a community practice, so in order to improve their physical vigor, and at the same time arouse an interest in exercise within the community, calisthenics is believed to be an effective method of physical training. The aims of this study is to investigate the effect of calisthenics on the physical fitness of student nurses in community practice.

Methods. A pre-experimental clinical trial was implemented. By using the regulations of the Ministry of Education of Taiwan as a guideline, 139 female and 10 male students that were participating in a one-month nursing practice course in two community health centers in southern Taiwan, were used. The body mass index, sitting posture with the body bent forward (flexibility), bent-knee sit-ups (muscle strength), standing broad jump (starting power), and three minutes step-test (cardiopulmonary endurance) were estimated before, and after the 4-weeks regular fitness training used in this study. For the calisthenics, aerobic gymnastics and Wu Xing (five elements in traditional Chinese medicine) exercise videos were chosen.

Results. The results revealed a significant increase in flexibility and muscle strength. The pulse rate, measured one minute after the completion of the three minutes step-test, reduced significantly. However, no difference in the cardiopulmonary endurance level was noted.

Conclusions. The study indicated that an effective physical fitness intervention strategy in community practice could significantly enhance the fitness levels of student nurses. The type of calisthenics chosen is an essential factor to induce the interests of student nurses and community people to do exercise regularly. Doing calisthenics makes the community nursing practice more interesting and useful in community health care services.

Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAnalysis of the Effects on Student Nurses' Physical Fitness Via Exercise in a Communityen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151923-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Analysis of the Effects on Student Nurses' Physical Fitness Via Exercise in a Community</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2011</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Chang, Chia-Hsiu, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">National Cheng Kung University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Instructor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">chiahsiu@gmail.com</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Li-Ling Wu RN, Instruct<br/>Shou-Sheng Tang MD, Director, Department of Chest &amp; Nursing Home<br/>Chung-Hey Chen PhD, Professor</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[22nd International Nursing Research Congress - Evidence-based Practice Presentation] Background. Lifestyle changes and a reduced motivation to do regular exercise result in an increased incidence of chronic diseases and metabolic syndrome within a community. Student nurses usually require more energy to provide health care services within a community practice, so in order to improve their physical vigor, and at the same time arouse an interest in exercise within the community, calisthenics is believed to be an effective method of physical training. The aims of this study is to investigate the effect of calisthenics on the physical fitness of student nurses in community practice. <br/><br/>Methods. A pre-experimental clinical trial was implemented. By using the regulations of the Ministry of Education of Taiwan as a guideline, 139 female and 10 male students that were participating in a one-month nursing practice course in two community health centers in southern Taiwan, were used. The body mass index, sitting posture with the body bent forward (flexibility), bent-knee sit-ups (muscle strength), standing broad jump (starting power), and three minutes step-test (cardiopulmonary endurance) were estimated before, and after the 4-weeks regular fitness training used in this study. For the calisthenics, aerobic gymnastics and Wu Xing (five elements in traditional Chinese medicine) exercise videos were chosen. <br/><br/>Results. The results revealed a significant increase in flexibility and muscle strength. The pulse rate, measured one minute after the completion of the three minutes step-test, reduced significantly. However, no difference in the cardiopulmonary endurance level was noted. <br/><br/>Conclusions. The study indicated that an effective physical fitness intervention strategy in community practice could significantly enhance the fitness levels of student nurses. The type of calisthenics chosen is an essential factor to induce the interests of student nurses and community people to do exercise regularly. Doing calisthenics makes the community nursing practice more interesting and useful in community health care services. <br/><br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:18:11Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:18:11Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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