A Philosophical Analysis of Cooper's Principles of Aerobics


Rea M. MacKey

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Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


This study was an analysis of Kenneth H. Cooper's program of aerobics, examining the underlying principles, its potentials, and limitations.

The purposes of the study were:

1. To determine the principles upon which the program was established.

2. To analyze current literature for evidence both contrary to and supportive of the program.

The procedure utilized by the writer in this study was the philosophical method of induction and deduction. The analysis was interpreted from the related literature which contained pro and con views, opinions and studies about exercise physiology and related areas by various authors.

Having studied the underlying principles and the related literature, and having experienced personally the benefits of aerobic exercise, it was this writer's opinion that the aerobics program would be a vital asset to any middle school, secondary school or university incorporating this program into its curriculum, and could also be used on a limited basis in the elementary schools.

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