Female health and physical fitness at the Naval Academy
Stamper, Trevis L.
Hildebrandt, Gregory G.
Armstrong, David W.
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Stress related health disorders may he an indication that some female midshipmen at the Naval Academy are making exceptional efforts to meet specified physical performance standards. The stress at the service academies is much higher than in many civilian occupations and may increase the risk of females developing gender related health problems such as amenorrhea, bone loss, and eating disorders. The purpose of this research is to shed some light on ways in which gender related health problems can be decreased while improving the overall quality of midshipmen at the Naval Academy. First, a comparison of male versus female exercise patterns and performance is provided. In order to identify risk factors, hypotheses testing procedures are used to examine the relationship between female health disorders and selected explanatory variables. Recognizing risk factors early can also reduce the risk of gender related problems long after midshipmen have graduated. Lessening the amount of injuries now can prevent health problems that develop by middle age, and will also help reduce the cost of medical compensation later in an officer's life
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