Considerable changes in the social and build environment contributed to alterations in physical activity, which potentially affect physical fitness. Data regarding this subject remains limited. The present study, therefore, examined secular trends in physical fitness between 1975 and 2010 in adolescents living in Austria.
The results indicated three distinct eras during the observation period. There was an improvement in physical fitness until the mid to late 1980s with a subsequent decline until the mid 1990s and a final period of relatively consistent low physical fitness. Further, it was shown that aerobic fitness started to decline earlier and that the decline was more pronounced than the performance in anaerobic fitness tests.
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Brunner, F., Kornexl, E., Kasnter, H., Drenowatz, C., & Greier, K. (2021). Fitness trend analysis in male Austrian middle and high school students from 1975 to 2010. Current Issues in Sport Science (CISS), 6, 007.