Presently, no studies exist examining the effects of a professional physical therapy program on the health and well-being of its students. The purpose of this study was to compare body composition, activity levels, .psychological stress, nutrition, and cardiovascular fitness of graduate physical therapy students over the first fifteen months in the program. A convenience sample of twenty subjects (eighteen females, two males) from the class of 2001 with a mean age of 25.3 ± 2.1 years participated in this study. The male sample was too small to generate accurate data analysis, therefore, their data were not used in this study.
Each subject completed the following sequence: anthropometric measurements, physical activity questionnaire, Derogatis Stress Profile (DSP), skin fold measurements, blood pressure reading at rest in supine and standing prior to testing, a progressive treadmill protocol to obtain V02peab and a final blood pressure reading after exercise. Prior to testing, each subject turned in a three-day nutritional profile.
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