Effect of Socio-demographical Factors and Physical Exercise Training on Cardiovascular Health: Case Study of Fresh Students of Babcock University Ilishan-remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
Oyerinde Oyewole Olusesan1, *, Olaoye Titilayo Abike1, *, Olaposi Basiru Abiola1, Oyerinde Oluwayemisi Irene2, George Glory Chinyere3, Adeoye Ayodele4
Sedentary behavior and lack of physical exercise are one of the strongest risk factors for many chronic diseases and conditions, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, colon cancer, and depression. Hence the aim of this study was to assess the combined and relative effect of socio-demographic characteristics and physical exercise (PE) training on the cardiovascular health of freshmen of Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
The study is a quasi-experimental study that employed both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection. An all-inclusive sampling method was used to draft all 72 volunteers for a pre-exercise medical evaluation and questionnaires were administered to 600 volunteers for pre and post-data. The respondents were treated with a six weeks dose of regular daily selected physical activities. The post-test was conducted, recorded, and subjected to statistical analysis using inferential statistics.
The mean age was 18±1.89 with the age of 17 forming the largest group 218(36.3%). Females 379(65.2%) were slightly more than the male 221 (36.8%) counterpart. The results of pre-exercise showed that some 9(12.2%) had normal body temperature, respondents that were obese and over-weighted were 25(33.8) and 20(27.1), and respondents with high mean arterial pressure were 15(20.3) respectively, The Mean Arterial Pressure (MAP) of the respondents tested showed that there was no significant difference (P>0.05) between the mean ages, sex and marital status on the blood sugar level, body temperature and the body mass index. MAP and irregular participation in Physical Activities was significant (P<0.05) among this group of Students. The knowledge means score (KMS) of 19.37±6.035 was high compared to a 27point scale. There was no significant relationship between df=2 F=1.566 and P>0.005. Some 160(26.7%) had excellent overall physical health, and 173 (28.8%) had good overall physical health. There were significant interactional effects (F= 59.276, mean score within group 1.60, df 2, p = .000, R = -282) between groups and time for perceived benefits, interpersonal norms, social support, counter heart conditioning, stimulus control, overall time spent on being physically active per week
Therefore since there’s an interaction between the predictive factors and cardiovascular diseases it was recommended that all collegiate should engage in regular PE at a level appropriate to their capacities, needs, and interests to maintain optimal cardiovascular health status.
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