Cardio-resiratory endurance as a measure of physical fitness level of Nigerian para-military personnel
Author(s): Suleiman UO, Abdulwahab BL, Isaiah GJC, Achikasim NCM, Akorede SN and Dikki CE
Abstract: Physical fitness is an indispensable tool for all Para-military personnel globally to be fit and combat ready for any emergency. The training programmes of all men and women of Para-military personnel significantly emphasize physical fitness. The study was on the cardio-respiratory endurance fitness of Nigerian Para-military personnel. The motivation for the research was kindled by the observed variations in the results of physically demanding tasks performed by personnel of the three selected Para-military Services in joint security operations. The magnitude and quality of they operations varies from arm to arm depending on their responsibilities. The study was to assess the cardio-respiratory fitness levels of the three selected Nigeria Para-military personnel (Nigerian Civil Defence, Road Safety and Immigration) towards ensuring efficient operations in joint security operations among the Para-military agency. The research methodology applied in the study was basically descriptive. Data were collected using field method and document analysis. In achieving the purpose of the study, 35 male and 20 female Nigerian Civil Defence personnel, 30 male and 13 female Nigerian Road Safety personnel and 25 male and 10 female Nigerian Immigration personnel were randomly selected to serve as participants in this study. The 12 minute run test for cardio-respiratory endurance was conducted on the participants. The data thus collected were statistically analyzed. The findings of this study revealed that the Nigerian Civil Defence personnel had significantly better cardio-respiratory endurance fitness level than their counterparts from the Nigerian Road Safety and Immigration. The performances of the participants in the tests were measured against the physical fitness standards established for the Para-military Personnel. On the basis of the findings of this study, it was recommended that the Nigerian Civil Defence needs to improve their cardio-respiratory endurance fitness level. Also, there is need for the three selected Para-military personnel to strengthen the physical training programmes of their female personnel. Henceforward, the three Para-military personnel should embark on cardio-respiratory fitness control programmes for their personnel.