Aerobic capacity of young Mexican American adults

Amit Joe Lopes, University of Texas at El Paso


The main focus of this research was to determine whether aerobic capacity measured by volumetric oxygen consumption and heart rate in Mexican American young adults, is any different from other population groups for which aerobic capacity and heart rate data are available. Relationships between aerobic capacities, heart rates and rating of perceived exertion were established for Mexican American young adults. The independent variable in the proposed study was gender (male and female). The response variables in the study were the measured volumetric oxygen consumption (in liters/minute), the heart rate (in beats/minute) and the rating of perceived exertion (on a Borg's scale of 6 to 20). The aerobic capacity was measured for a whole body task using the treadmill, Specific research objectives were: (1) To obtain aerobic capacities and heart rates for the Mexican American young adults based on sub-maximal treadmill exercise testing. (2) To test the relationships between Heart Rate, Oxygen Consumption and Rating of perceived exertion. (3) To compare values of volumetric oxygen consumption, heart rates and rating of perceived exertion for Mexican American young adults, with published values of oxygen consumption, heart rates and rating of perceived exertion with other population groups and to test if these values are significantly different. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Recreation|Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies

Recommended Citation

Lopes, Amit Joe, "Aerobic capacity of young Mexican American adults" (2003). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAIEP10366.