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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
Dynamic physical fitness may be satisfactorily estimated by the Harvard step test (modified for women) and this and other aspects of physical fitness are measured by appropriate test batteries. The percentage by weight of fat in the body may be calculated from the specific gravity or from caliper measurements of skin folds or ultrasonic measurements of the thickness of the layer of subcutaneous fat at selected sites. In general, physical education students are fitter than non-athletic students. British men students of physical education are fitter than American. International differences are less marked in non-athletic men and in women. Performance of fitness tests is not as a rule influenced by the height or weight of the subjects but the more obese subjects have a poorer performance as do heavier subjects when the extra weight is due to obesity.
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