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The Society for Research in Child Development associated with the National Research Council has made available a report which represents a two year study made by five members of the University of Illinois School of Physical Education. Three thousand men were tested on twenty-eight endurance exercises, and some of them were tested with organic condition tests. According to this report the step test devised by the Harvard Fatigue Laboratory is a poor exercise for measuring all round athletic endurance. The Army and Navy have used excellent testing events, such as chinning the bar, push ups and the 300 yard shuttle run. According to these studies the mile run is shown to be of the greatest all round value in measuring all the constituents of endurance.
Endurance of Young Men: Analysis of Endurance Exercises and Methods of Evaluating Motor Fitness. JAMA. 1945;129(15):1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860490079033
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