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Study concerning the conditional capacity strength development at the level of 13-14 years old students during the physical education class.

Introductions

Physical education, as part of general education, has as purpose the harmonious physical development, psychic consolidation, training the student's character traits but also to offer the frame of achieving an optimum physical condition necessary to carry out the individual daily activities. the physical education lessons offers the institutional and organization frame for the development of motor activities having as purpose the development of the manifestation level of students physical condition. Physical education class as school admits selecting the most efficient and desirable physical means, in accordance with the pedagogical, physiological and hygienic principles and norms specific to age, gender and educational objectives of the secondary school cycle [Dragnea, Teodorescu--Mate, 2002]. The physical means structure for students is similar to the one of teenagers because at this age the level of manifestation of the conditional, coordinative and intermediate capacities increases and we aim at fighting against deficient attitudes determined by vicious positions [Alexandrescu, Tatu, Ardelean, 1983].

Growing body changes should be well known in order to develop methodically programs that contribute to the development of the body, favorably influencing general condition and stimulating the intellectual activity. Prophylactic effects of physical exercises, should be popularized to attract as many children in practicing sports or general movement to preserve and strengthen their health [Atkinson, Atkinson, Smith, Bem, 2002]. General motor capacity progresses and there are created the development premises and other conditional capacities, of coordinative capacities, intermediate ones and the motor skills acquired in the previous stages must be strengthened [Finichiu, 2010]. In the last decade we noticed a new approach regarding the motor concerns by the shift from the rigorous and difficult physical means to a variety of physical activities with the well defined purpose to strengthen health, developed under the strict monitoring of parents. These programs of sport activities are supported by the doctors recommendations in order to moderate practice physical exercises, being demonstrated that each individual can make a systematic motor activity. In conducting this research we started from fulfilling the following objectives: Achieving an appropriate frame for the student to freely and creatively manifest himself and to prove initiative.

Choosing and using the most efficient methods and means necessary to increase the conditional capacity strength during the physical education lesson.

Research hypotheses

The increase of efficiency of physical education lesson can be done by knowing the level of expression of conditional capabilities, coordination capabilities and intermediate capacities of students. The awareness of practicing physical exercises can be based on the specialized theoretical knowledge from physical education domain.

Research procedures and methods

The research was conducted during the instructive-educational process at an elementary school in Ploiesti and comprised 57 pupils (37 girls and 30 boys) from grades seventh, aged between 13 and 14 years, school year 2011-2012.

The research was conducted by the development of the 7 common boys/girls tests and 2 specific ones, contained in the evaluation system. At the grades contained in our experiment, the hourly schedule includes two hours per week, pupils will compulsory graded with 2 marks for the execution of each couple of for the conditional capacity strength, that addresses to different segments, according to the choice of pupils. Skills (Table 1) that can be evaluated are addressed to muscle groups of four segments included in the body: arms, abdomen, back and legs. The used evaluation instruments:

Pushups from lying face resting on hands and toes, stretched body, eyes forward, arms bent to the chest near the ground and return to start position, the number of executions is recorded.

Tractions from hanging, from hanging with arms and stretched body, preferred grip, without touching the ground with heels, bending ones arms until the chin is above the bar level and returning to the start position, the number of executions is recorded.

Traction on the gym bench with the face lying on the bench gym, with the pelvis at the end of the bench, arms outstretched in the extension of the body, palms catch the bench edges, simultaneous tractions in arms are performed, the body sliding on the surface of the bench; the ones that executed the return transactions on the length of 2 benches get a 5.

Raising dorsal trunk from dorsal lying with hands at the back head, knees bent at 90 degrees, feet resting on the floor; at the signal the lifting of the truck at horizontal is realized and reaching the knees with the elbows, followed by return to its original position, the number of executions is recorded.

Raising the legs from dorsal lying, from dorsal lying palms at the back head; at the signal legs stretched vertically are raised and returned to the initial position, without hitting the ground, the correct number of executions is recorded.

Raising the trunk from facial lying, for 30", from facial lying with stretched arms near the body, with hands holding stick's heads, feet fixed on the floor; lifting and extension of the trunk, head and arms must exceed the level of the bench; the correct number of executions is recorded.

Raising the pelvis from sitting for 30", seated with feet together, palms resting on the ground behind the pelvis; at the signal, the raising of the pelvis, the body taken into the extended position, head leaned backwards (girls), boys perform the same movement, but lead alternatively one leg up, with the return to the initial position; the correct number of executions is recorded.

Standing long jump, from standing behind the line, feet apart as the distance between your shoulders; preparing the jump by bending the inferior leg joints, carrying the upper limbs backward, followed by energetic extension and strong impulsion in legs, simultaneously with projecting the upper limbs forward, they landing is balanced on both feet, the length of the jump is measured from the starting line to the first trace left on the ground, the jump's length is expressed in centimeters.

Jumping over the gymnastics bench for 30" from standing laterally to the signal, jumps with detachment on both legs from side to side of the bench, the number of jumps is recorded.

For the good development of the experiment there were used proper investigation methods (method of observation, measurement and recording method, experimental method) and methods of processing and interpretation of collected data--statistical and mathematical method and graphical method.

Results

B, boys; G, girls; X, the central tendency of values; S, the standard deviation, represents the dispersion indicator, of the scattering level of the values; Cv%, the variability coefficient, the degree of homogeneity of the results from the research sample; Med, median the position that divides in two equal parts the string of data; Max, the superior value of the string; Min, the inferior value of the string; W, amplitude, the difference between the maximum and minimum values.

Discussion

In the instructional design, measurement and evaluation of motor skills represented operational objectives for the establishment of general motor ability level of the students, using the lessons of physical education, of specific means. By calculating the statistical indicators (Table 2), based on the primary data collected and placed into tables [Niculescu, 2002], we achieve an accurate assessment of central tendency, by knowing the maximum and minimum values with the highest frequency, of the distribution degree of data collected by objective assessment of the of scattering data degree and development of the arithmetic mean (X). We have calculated the most commonly used indicators of dispersion: amplitude (W), standard deviation (S) and coefficient of variation (Cv%).

a. Arms musculature

Applying the three motor tests for determining the level of strength expression of arm musculature allows us to make the following interpretations:

* Pushups (Table 2)--the calculated arithmetic mean for the boys sample is of 7,23 no. of repetitions higher with 1,23 no. of repetitions than the minimum scale for this age from the National Evaluation System (Table 1). The sample of girls recorded an arithmetic mean of 3,66 no. of repetitions, lower than the minimum scale of the evaluation system, which is of 4 no. repetitions. The lowest value (Min = 3) from the string of collected data and recorded in the boys sample is lower than the minimum scale, also at the sample of girls (Min = 1). The maximum value achieved at the boys sample, Max = 10 is greater with 4 repetitions compared with the minimal scale and it ranges, as value, between grade 8 and grade 9. In the string of collected data after the girls execution, the highest value is of 5 repetitions and is graded with the mark 6. Amplitude, standard deviation and coefficient of variation, show a group of normal distribution of the results and a high homogeneity of the data collected for the sample of boys and medium for the girls one.

* The arithmetic mean calculated for the sample of boys is 3,12 no. reps higher with 0,12 repetitions compared with the minimal scale of the national evaluation system. The lowest value recorded after this test is 0 repetitions and the highest value in the data string is 4 repetitions. Amplitude, standard deviation and coefficient of variation, show a group of average homogeneity and normal distribution of results

* Tractions on the gymnastic bench (Table 2)--the calculated arithmetic mean for the girls sample is of 3,53 no benches higher with 1,53 benches in comparison with the minimum scale from the evaluation system. The lowest value recorded after the test is of 2 benches and the highest one from the string of data is of 5 benches. Amplitude, standard deviation and coefficient of variation, show a group of high homogeneity and a normal distribution of results.

a. Abdominal musculature

Applying the three motor tests for determining the level of expression of abdominal musculature strength allows us to make the following interpretations:

* Lifting the trunk from dorsal lying (Table 2, Figure 1)--the calculated arithmetic mean is higher both for the boys and girls samples in comparison with the National Evaluation System (Table 1) from the level of the secondary school cycle. From the string of collected data the minimum recorded value both for boys and girls is equal with the minimum norm of the evaluation system. Amplitude, standard deviation and coefficient of variation, show a group of average homogeneity and normal distribution of results.

* Lifting the feet from dorsal lying (Table 2)--the calculated arithmetic mean is higher both for the boys and girls samples at the level of the national evaluation system from the level of the secondary school cycle. The minimum value recorded for the boys sample is equal with the minimum norm and for the girls sample is lower. The calculated variability coefficient, amplitude and standard deviation show us that the results distribution is normal.

b. Back musculature

Applying the three motor tests for determining the level of expression of back musculature strength allows us to make the following interpretations:

* Lifting the trunk from facial lying (Table 2, Figure 2)--the calculated arithmetic mean is higher both for the boys and girls samples at the level of the National Evaluation System (Table 1). The lowest recorded results from the two strings of data are better than the minimum value of the norm at this test. Calculating the variation coefficient shows us that the two samples presents an average homogeneity of the results. Calculating the statistical indicators, amplitude and standard deviation shows us that the results distribution is normal.

* Lifting the pelvis from lying (Table 2, Figure 2--by calculating the arithmetic means ([X.sub.boys] = 17,32, [X.sub.girls] = 14,33) at the tow samples, there were recorded values that can be graded with marks between 8 and 9 for the boys and for the girls with 8. the lowest values recorded both for the boys and girls samples are higher than the minimum norm. The calculated variation coefficient shows us that we have groups with an average homogeneity. The results distribution is normal after the calculation of the indicators, of the amplitude and standard deviation.

d. Legs musculature

Applying the three motor tests for determining the level of expression of legs musculature strength allows us to make the following interpretations:

* Long jump from standing (Table 2)--the calculated arithmetic mean is positioned over the mark 9 for the boys (X = 177,21) and also for the girls (X = 156,52). The minimum recorded value is equal with the minimum norm value. The calculated variation coefficient shows us that we have groups with an average homogeneity. Calculating the statistical indicators, amplitude and standard deviation shows us that the results distribution is normal.

* Jumping over the gymnastic bench (Table 2)--the arithmetic means calculated for the boys sample is of 14,25 no. of repetitions, higher with 4,25 no. of repetitions in comparison with the minimum norm for this age from the National Evaluation System (Table 1). The girls sample recorded an arithmetic mean of 9,06 repetitions, higher than the minimum norm from the evaluation system that is of 8 repetitions. The minimum recorded value is equal with the minimum norm value for the boys and lower for the girls sample. Amplitude, standard deviation and variation coefficient show us a group with an average homogeneity and a normal distribution of the results.

These results correspond with Beihoff, and Pop, (2009) and Deacu, (2008) results.

Conclusions

The obtained motor performances obtained at the level of conditional capacity--strength, allowed us to calculate the statistical indicators for the two samples from the research from which we can see a significant increase of the arithmetic means in comparison with the minimum norm from the National Evaluation System form the secondary school cycle.

The development of the conditional capacities--strength, at this age level, can be realized through methods and means used in the physical education lesson.

The physical education lesson is the only way to prepare the physical activity and to improve the general motor capacity, education for health, for a healthy lifestyle.

The general motor capacity through its objectives to improve the conditional capacities, coordinative and intermediate, brings its contribution in the increase of the physical abilities in order to prevent accidents.

Achieving the instructive-educational objectives of the secondary physical education subsystem in order to achieve functional independence in life can be obtained through an optimal projection and planning of the physical education activity.

School is an efficient instrument in knowing the manifestation level of the general motor capacity, of knowing one self.

Educating students to continuously and systematic practice the physical exercises and to participate in different sport activities depending on everyone's aptitudes.

The variety of means used in the practice of physical education field, the multitude of connections with other related fields, requires choosing and using methods and exercises with the highest efficiency in educational practice, in order to achieve an optimum overall general motor capacity for this age.

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FINICHIU MARIN (1)

(1) University Motor and Sport Activities Department, Petroleum and Gas University of Ploiesti, ROMANIA

E-mail: finichiu1@yahoo.com
Table 1. The National Evaluation System for the Secondary
School Education

Capacities/Skills           Evaluation             7th grade
assessed                    Instruments            (minimum
                                                   standard mark 5)

                                                   Boys   Girls

                            Pushups (no. rep.)      6       4
Strength      Arms          Tractions from          3      --
              musculature     hanging (no. rep.)
                            Tractions on the                2
                              gymnastic bench
                              (no. rep. bench)
              Abdominal     Lifting the trunk       17     16
              musculature     from dorsal lying
                              (no. rep.)
                            Lifting the feet        5       4
                              from dorsal lying
                              (no. rep.)
              Back          Lifting the trunk       18     17
              musculature     from facial lying
                              in 30"(no. rep.)
                            Lifting the pelvis      12     10
                              from lying in
                              30"(no. rep.)
              Legs          Long jump from         160     140
              musculature     standing (cm)
                            Jumping over the        10      8
                              gymnastic bench in
                              30" (no. rep.)

Table 2. Calculated Statistical Indicators

Boys subjects n=30

Girls subjects n=37

Capacities/Skills assessed              Statistical Indicators

                                       X       S      Cv%    Med

Arms          Pushups            B    7,23    2,77   9,31     6
musculature
                                 G    3,66    0,51   15,30    3

              Tractions from     B    3,12    0,79   14,27    2
              hanging
              Tractions on the   G    3,53    1,73   9,64    2,5
              gymnastic bench

Abdominal     Lifting the        B   20,31    3,44   13,54   19
musculature   trunk from
              dorsal lying       G   17,56    5,32   12,47   15

              Lifting the        B    7,89    6,22   10,74    6
              feet from
              dorsal lying       G    5,56    5,14   16,77    4

Back          Lifting the        B   23,43    5,11   12,33   20
musculature   trunk from
              facial lying       G   20,09    6,21   16,87   18

              Lifting the        B   17,32    7,31   11,51   15
              pelvis from
              lying              G   14,33    8,32   17,36   12

Legs          Long jump from     B   177,21   9,32   17,11   170
musculature   standing
                                 G   156,52   7,32   19,14   150

              Jumping over       B   14,25    5,68   14,32   12
              the gymnastic
              bench in 30"       G    9,06    4,71   12,39    8

Capacities/Skills assessed            Statistical
                                       Indicators

                                     Max   Min   W

Arms          Pushups            B   10     3    7
musculature
                                 G    5     1    4

              Tractions from     B    4     0    4
              hanging
              Tractions on the   G    5     2    3
              gymnastic bench

Abdominal     Lifting the        B   24    17    7
musculature   trunk from
              dorsal lying       G   20    16    4

              Lifting the        B   10     5    5
              feet from
              dorsal lying       G    7     2    5

Back          Lifting the        B   26    18    8
musculature   trunk from
              facial lying       G   23    17    6

              Lifting the        B   20    14    6
              pelvis from
              lying              G   17    10    7

Legs          Long jump from     B   195   161   34
musculature   standing
                                 G   165   140   25

              Jumping over       B   16    10    6
              the gymnastic
              bench in 30"       G   11     7    4

B, boys; G, girls; X, the central tendency of values;
S, the standard deviation, represents the dispersion
indicator, of the scattering level of the values;
Cv%, the variability coefficient, the degree of homogeneity
of the results from the research sample; Med, median the
position that divides in two equal parts the string of data;
Max, the superior value of the string; Min, the inferior
value of the string; W, amplitude, the difference between
the maximum and minimum values.

Figure 1. Graphical representation of arithmetic values
for abdominal musculature

 Boys Girls

Lifting the 20,31 17,56
 trunk from
 dorsal lying
Lifting the 7,89 5,56
 feet from
 dorsal lying
National 17 16
 Evaluation
 System trunk
National 5 4
 Evaluation
 System feet

Note: Table made from bar graph.

Figure 2. Graphical representation of arithmetic
values for back musculature

 Boys Girls

Lifting the 23,43 20,09
 trunk from
 facial lying
Lifting the 17,32 14,33
 pelvis from
 lying
National 18 17
 Evaluation
 System trunk
National 12 10
 Evaluation
 System pelvis

Note: Table made from bar graph.
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