The effect of exercise intensity and level of physical fitness on state anxiety scores of young adult males immediately following exercise and after a delay

Johnson, Wavey Diane (1985) The effect of exercise intensity and level of physical fitness on state anxiety scores of young adult males immediately following exercise and after a delay. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

To assess the effects of exercise intensity and fitness level on state anxiety scores after exercise one hundred and fourteen male volunteers participated in a controlled experiment. All subjects exercised on a bicycle ergometer the control group at an unstressed heart rate and the three experimental groups at 100, 120, and 140 bpm, respectively. Subjects were randomly assigned to groups. Measurements of state anxiety level were made prior to, immediately following and at twelve minutes after exercise. Subjects' levels of fitness and trait anxiety also were assessed. Analysis of covariance revealed a significant effect of exercise intensity at twelve minutes after exercise. Analysis using Dunnett's test showed that this difference resulted from a significant reduction in anxiety level for those who exercised at 140 bpm. Those who exercised at 100 and 120 bpm did not differ from the control group. The conclusion is that moderate exercise, assigned on an individual basis in terms of heart rate is an effective means of alleviating anxiety.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5828
Item ID: 5828
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 43-49
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: 1985
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Physical fitness--Physiological aspects; Anxiety; Exercise--Psychological aspects; Exercise therapy

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