DEVELOPMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS AND NOURISHMENT IN TEN-YEAR OLD MALE ATHLETES AND NON-ATHLETS

Milorad Jerkan, MilošNikolić & Ratomir Đurašković

Physical activity of younger primary school pupils includes activity based on two classes of Physical Education a week. A small percent of pupils does some type of physical activity on regular bases. As a result, the low level of physical activity and an increased level of calorie intake lead to obesity. The research was conducted on the fourth-grade primary school pupils in Paraćin. The sample comprised 159 ten-year old pupils, 62 of whom are athletes and 97 regularly attend Physical Education classes at school. The aim of this research was to establish the differences in the development and nourishment between the pupils who do some sport and those that attend Physical Education classes on regular bases. The results have shown that the average height of the pupils who are athletes is 146,6 cm and of those who only attend PE classes is 144,8 cm. There is statistically significant difference between the two groups. The pupils who do some sport are of significantly greater height and shoulder breadth. While the pupils who do not do any sport have higher percentage of body weight, greater pelvic and hip width, greater skin fold measurements and the sum of skinfold measurements, body mass index and body fat percentage.

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