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Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


Thirty male high school students were tested in an attempt to determine whether there were any significant differences in dynamic balance among selected American Negroes, American Indians and American Caucasians.

Subjects selected were seventeen years of age or older, with good eyesight and hearing, and with varied backgrounds in sports skills.

The Bass Test of Dynamic Balance was used as the instrument to measure dynamic equilibrium. The t test was used to test the null hypothesis, and the .01 level of significance was established as the criterion. The Indian subjects were tested during the summer of 1961, the Negroes in the fall of 1961, and the Caucasians during the spring of 1962. Each subject was allowed to practice the Bass Test twice, three trials ware permitted and the average served as the performance score.

The comparison of whites with Indians revealed no significant difference in dynamic equilibrium.

The Negro subjects which participated in this study were not significantly superior to the white subjects at the .01 level of confidence. The mean difference of 7.36 in favor of the Negroes did produce a t of 2.61 which would have been significant at the .02 level, had this criterion been adopted.

The mean difference of 12.94 in favor of the Negroes over the Indians produced a t of 3.93, which was significant at the .01 level of confidence. Negroes in this experiment were significantly superior to the Indians in dynamic equilibrium as measured by the instruments used in this study.