Effectiveness of lifetime fitness course activities at improving movement efficiency through Fusionetics movement efficiency test.


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Exercise has lifelong benefits, specifically increased quality of life. University physical activity courses are designed to instruct on fundamental principles of exercise form and specific sports. Yet, in these courses there is a lack of evidence of improving movement efficiency (ME) that may highlight poor movement quality. The main purpose of this study was to determine how effective lifetime fitness (LF) activities at Baylor University are at improving ME. Eleven participants were recruited to perform a Fusionetics movement efficiency test at the beginning, middle, and end of the academic semester. Significance was found in overall ME scores from the pre and the post-test (pre 75.33 ± 6.34, post 70.69 ± 4.96). Within subgroups, a significant decrease was found between tests of the 2-leg squat (pre 78.786 ± 10.883, mid 89.19 ± 6.906) and the 1-leg squat (mid 47.72, post, 27.27). A significant increase was found between left (pre 54.55, mid 75.7) and right (pre 27.28, mid 60.6) hip symmetry. Future research should include a longer testing period to determine the effectiveness of ME testing detecting muscular or movement deficits in a sedentary university population.



Movement efficiency test. Sedentary population. Lifetime fitness. Fitness Theory and Practice.