Effects of continous and interval trainings exercises on cardiovascular characteristics of pupils in Ibadan
Objective: The focus of the paper is to examine the effects of continuous and interval trainings
exercises on cardiovascular characteristics of pupils in Ibadan, Nigeria, measured in terms heart
rate, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure.
Methodology: A total of one hundred and eighty (180) volunteered pupils were conveniently
drawn from four (two public and two private) primary schools in Ibadan based on type of school.
The randomized classic experimental research design with two experimental and one control
groups were employed in the study. Systematic random sampling technique was used to allocate
sixty (60) participants to each of the three groups, namely: the continuous exercise (CE) and
interval exercise (IE) and the control groups. The experimental groups participated in twelve
weeks exercise trainings. The cardiovascular variables measured prepost trainings were
subjected to frequency counts, percentages, mean and standard deviation as well as analysis of
covariance and scheffe post hoc for analysis and discussions.
Results: Results show that the average age of the pupils was 9 years 8 months, 103 (57.2%) of
the participants were male while 77 (42.8%) were female; the posttraining mean height of the
participants in the PRE group is 1.36±0.09m while that of weight is 29.52± 5.82kg.