Effect of high-intensity interval training exercise to academic stress level among B.S. Physical Therapy students of Batch 2018 in De La Salle Health Sciences Institute

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy


High-Intensity Interval Training, Exercise, Stress, Psychological


The researchers used purposive sampling to gather respondents which included eight (8) participants who qualified in the inclusion and exclusion criteria. This study utilized a quasi experimental type of research design specifically one group pre-post-test design, wherein the participants were screened using the functional movement screening tool conducted by a licensed HIIT instructor and by answering the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) to assure safety of every participant. The respondents were immersed into a conditioning program before the intervention in preparation for HIIT exercise by performing an aerobic exrcise for 5 consecutive days. Prior to the intervention, the participants answered the Perception of Academic Scale (PAS) survey to assess their academic stress. Then, the participants underwent HIIT exercise headed by the same licensed HIIT instructor which consist of 12 HIIT exercises that lasts for 30 seconds each with 10 seconds rest intervals done very Tuesdays and Fridays for 3 consecutive weeks; still following the proper exercise protocol by starting with a dynamic stretching and ending with static stretching. The respondents answered again the PAS scale for the post-test. scores. The PAS include a parameter set of: Academic Expectations, Workload and Examination, and Academic Self-perception. HIIT showed a "very minimal effect" on both Academic Expectation and workload and Examination Cluster; and a "minimal effect" for the Academic Self-Perception Cluster. All outcomes were statistically interpreted through frequency distribution, mean and t.-test. The results showed a "very minimal effect" after High Intensity Interval Training Exercise. Though High Intensity Interval Training Exercise has a very minimal effect on reducing the academic stress of the students, the researchers still recommend performing it alongside traditional exercises.

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Richmond E. Ordonez

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