Comparative Analysis of Physical Preparedness of Would-Be Officers – First Year Students and Their Peers

Algirdas Muliarčikas, Aurelija Morkūnienė


The aim of the research was to compare and evaluate the indicators of physical preparedness of students at Mykolas Romeris University Kaunas Police Faculty and their peers.
Research participants were the first year students of Mykolas Romeris University Kaunas Police Faculty (18-19 years) and their peers – the students from other institutions of higher education who were independently engaged in sports 2-3 times per week. The sample groups (including 22-24 men and women) were selected randomly. To evaluate the development of physical characteristics as one aspect of training of would-be officers the following tests were used: hand grip, trunk flexibility forward, standing up and squatting (60 sec.), stretching and bending arms (30 sec.), sitting and lying down (30 sec.), keeping the trunk in the horizontal position, running (3 km for men and 2 km for women). The tests were performed in autumn, just after the students entered the higher schools.
The hand grip indicators of would-be male officers at MRU KPF were higher compared to those of their peers from other higher schools (p<0.05). The indicators of hand grip of women were similar in both groups. The hand extensor muscle strength indicators of both MRU KPF male and female students were higher compared to other students (p<0.01 for men and p<0.05 for women). All indicators of hand muscle strength of women were significantly lower than those of men (p<0.001). The endurance of abdominal muscle strength of women at MRU KPF was significantly lower compared to other tested male and female students (p<0.01). The best anaerobic glycolitic capacity in the standing up and squatting test was achieved by the male students from other higher schools, not from KPF (p<0.01). However, the would-be officers showed better results (p<0.001 for men and p<0.05 for women) in the endurance test of the static strength of back muscles than students from other institutions. The best trunk flexibility forward indicators were the bets in the sample group of female students from other higher schools. The indicators of aerobic endurance of both sample groups were statistically significantly similar.


characteristics of physical preparedness; men and women testing indicators; officers; physical activity

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