Physical fitness of young Italian students: effectiveness of a 12-week supervised extracurricular training
The overweight threatens the adolescents’
health. This study investigated the effects of
extracurricular multilateral training (MT) lasting
for 12 weeks compared to a standard
training (ST) program performed at school
as required by the ministerial program, on
health- and skill-related components of physical
fitness. Eleven boys and nine girls (age
13.6 ± 0.5 years) were randomly assigned to
an experimental group (EG, n = 10) or control
group (CG, n = 10). At weeks 1 and 12,
body mass index (BMI), waist circumference
(WC), a 505 change of direction speed
(CODS) and 300 m run test, were assessed.
The EG underwent MT (90 min, 2 times a week)
plus ST, while the CG underwent only
ST. Significant Time x Group interactions
were detected in favor of the EG for all measurements
(from –8,37 to –3.50%). The extracurricular
MT protocol was effective in
improving physical efficiency and reducing
weight in adolescents after a period of 12
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