@misc{cogprints2833, volume = {8}, number = {1}, month = {January}, title = {Selected Physical Characteristics of Medical Students}, author = { L. {\'A}ngy{\'a}n and T. T{\'e}czely and B. Mezey and Z. Lelovics}, year = {2003}, journal = {Medical Education Online}, keywords = {medical education; health professional education; peer-reviewed; leisure activities; medical education; physical fitness; sport}, url = {http://cogprints.org/2833/}, abstract = {The purpose of this study was to measure selected anthropometrical characteris-tics, motor abilities and cardiorespiratory functions of medical students. Eighty-seven students were involved in this investigation. The students were categorized into five groups: (1) recreational, doing sport activities irregularly, (2) basketball and (3) handball players, having training at least two times per week, as well as men (4) and women (5) students entering medical school. In all groups the mean body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio were at the upper level of the normal range, while body fat percentage was similar to standards for sedentary subjects. Better motor per-formances were obtained from the basketball and handball players than from the other groups. Static strength for the sample was somewhat above the normal sedentary level. The resting blood pressure and heart rate for most subjects were in the normal. Cardiovascular risk factors were found in six students. Their systolic blood pressure was above 140 mm Hg. There were no sub-jects identified with low blood pressure. The heart rate was elevated for three students from the recreational group, and in the women. Bradycardia did not occur. The vital capacity and the ability to hold one?s breath was at the upper level of the normal range. The present results emphasis the need to improve the students` prevention oriented life style through participation in exercising.} }