Body Composition as a Measure of Physical Fitness Level of Nigerian Para-Military Personnel

By U. O. Suleiman, J. O. Ogabor & N. C. M. Achikasim


The purpose of this study was to assess the body composition of Nigerian Para-military personnel by assessing the height and weights of the personnel. One shot research design was adopted in this study. One hundred and thirty-three (133) personnel were sampled for the study which comprises of 90 male and 43 female personnel. 35 male and 20 female of NSCDC, 30 males and 13 females of FRSC personnel and 25 male and 10 female of NIS personnel were randomly selected using stratified and simple random sampling techniques. The Body Mass Index (BMI) was computed using stadiometer and bathroom weighing scale to obtain the height and weight of the personnel. The data collected were statistically analysed using SPSS version 20, and ANOVA was used to compare the difference in the body composition of the personnel at significant level of 0.05. The findings of this study revealed that there was a significant difference in the body composition of the Para-military personnel. On the basis of this finding, the study recommended that the three selected Para-military Services should strengthen the body composition fitness training programmes of their personnel.

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