Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Physical Education

First Advisor

Jess Connor Sutton

First Committee Member

S. Thomas Stublin


Most authorities on exercise agree that regular vigorous endurance type activity results in aerobic fitness (7, 10, 17, 36, 37). Rhythmic repetitive and dynamic activities using large muscle groups would include such aerobic exercise as Jogging, walking, swimming, cycling, tennis, basketball, racquetball, and soccer (1, 7, 10, 17). In addition, cardiovascular fitness has been suggested to be postively linked with a reduction in the incidence of coronary heart disease (1, 11, 36, 38, 53). Sometimes, problems that lead to adult illnesses are the result of lifestyles that deploy early in childhood (11). Health education procedures have been used to provide awareness of the public regarding health practices, and guidelines by which they can improve their own health (11). Wysocki et al. (68) reported that the American population is generally lacking physical exercise. Vinciguerra et al. (62) and Wysocki et al. (68) used a technique called "Behavioral Contracting" to improve cardiovascular health in college students. This technique provided incentive and encouraged motivation for students to exercise aerobically (62, 68).