oa South African Medical Journal - Medical research In physical education : IV : health and efficiency : A comparative study of clinical status, standards of growth, and of physical performance of 1,493 South African Bantu school-children

Volume 19, Issue 20
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Height and weight measurements were taken and standard physical efficiency tests applied to two representative sample groups of South African Bantu school-children selected on account of the fact that the one (Pietermaritzburg) were in comparatively good health, while among the other Bochem-Letaba) an extremely high incidence of disease was found. The latter showed a significant deficiency in body-weight. However, the extremely bad state of health of the Bochem-Letaba children was not reflected in the results of the physical efficiency tests. Once more the conclusion is drawn that the physiological basis of physical efficiency is not necessarily destroyed even by severe illness.

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