Research in Dance and Physical Education
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Research in Dance and Physical Education - Vol. 4, No. 2, pp.29-39
ISSN: 2586-1034 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Oct 2020
Received 31 Aug 2020 Revised 15 Oct 2020 Accepted 16 Oct 2020

Prusik Climbing to Promote Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity for Youths

Nathali Niedorowski-Jones1 ; Jooyeon Jin2, * ; Jeff Steffen3 ; David Reineke4
1Lincoln High School, WI, USA, Teacher
2University of Seoul, Republic of Korea, Associate Professor
3University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, WI, USA, Professor Emeritus
4University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, WI, USA, Professor

Correspondence to: *Email address:


The purpose of this study was to examine mean heart rate (HR) responses of youths in prusik climbing, compared to indoor rock climbing. Twenty eight college students (18-25 yrs.) were randomized into Group 1 (n = 14) and Group 2 (n = 14). During the walk (15-minunte) and exercise bouts (15-minute) of each participant, HR was measured using a Polar Advantage XL Heart Rate monitor and was recorded every 5 seconds and averaged into 5-minute intervals. A three-way repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed that indoor rock climbing had a significantly higher mean HR (F = 9.153, df1 = 1, df2 = 26, P < 0.05) than prusik climbing, but both mean HRs at each time interval were in the moderate to vigorous range. Prusik climbing may be an effective alternative over indoor rock climbing in physical education settings to promote students’ moderate to vigorous physical activity at minimal cost and space.


lifetime activities, adventure education, climbing, MVPA, youths


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