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Daniel Puciato

Morpho-Functional Development of Children and Adolescents from Jedlina-Zdrój with Regard to Objective Quality of Life of Their Families

Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine relationships between the somatic build and motor abilities of children and adolescents from Jedlina-Zdrój and objective quality of life of their families. Basic procedures. 524 children aged 8 to 16 years were examined. Body height, body mass and three skinfold thickness measurements were taken as well as BMI and LBM were calculated. The subjects performed the following fitness tests: plate tapping, 10 × 5 m shuttle run, standing broad jump, sit-ups, 1 kg medicine ball throw and sit and reach. Maximum anaerobic power (MAP) was calculated. The study was completed with a survey questionnaire of parents on quality of life of their families. Main findings. Mean values of somatic parameters in boys examined represent an increasing gradient in relation to increasing objective quality of life. In girls the social-economic status of their families affected only their body height and body mass. In boys the average values of locomotive speed, lower limb explosive strength and maximum anaerobic ability test results increase along with improving social-economic status of their families. In girls the objective quality of life has a significant impact only on the upper limb movement speed. Conclusions. The objective quality of life differentiates the somatic growth of children examined. The social-economic status of children's families affects subjects' motor ability, but the correlations are lower and more multidirectional than in the case of somatic parameters.

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Bolesław Goranczewski and Daniel Puciato

SWOT Analysis in the Formulation of Tourism Development Strategies for Destinations

The aim of the paper is to identify the role of SWOT analysis in the formulation of tourism development strategies for destinations. SWOT analysis helps to establish a reliable diagnosis of the internal potential shown by a tourism destination and its environment. In the Polish economic situation, SWOT analysis is frequently used in a fragmentary manner which should be considered as a serious methodological oversight and may jeopardize the value of the entire process related to the strategic management of the tourism destination.

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Daniel Puciato, Władysław Mynarski, Michał Rozpara, Zbigniew Borysiuk and Renata Szyguła

Motor Development of Children and Adolescents Aged 8-16 Years in View of Their Somatic Build and Objective Quality of Life of Their Families

The differences in human motor development are determined by predispositions and living conditions. The aim of the present study was to examine relationships between motor fitness of children and adolescents aged 8-16 years (277 boys and 247 girls), and their somatic build and quality of life of their families. Body height, body mass and skinfold thickness were measured. On the basis of these measurements body mass index (BMI), Rohrer's index and lean body mass (LBM) were calculated. The subjects' physical fitness was also assessed with motor tests: speed of arm movement (plate tapping), agility (10 × 5 m shuttle run), explosive strength of the legs (standing broad jump), trunk strength (situps), explosive strength of the trunk and shoulder girdle (1-kg medicine ball throw), and flexibility (sit and reach) regarded as a morpho-functional predisposition of motor abilities. The standing broad jump results were then used to calculate maximal anaerobic power (MPA). The examination was completed with a questionnaire survey of the children's parents concerning their families' quality of life. On the basis of the parents' answers to the questionnaire, two quality of life indices were constructed: objective quality of life index and subjective quality of life index. Due to the wide age bracket of subjects the sample was divided into two age groups: 8-12 and 13-16-year-olds. The relationships between subjects' motor development, somatic traits and their families' quality of life were examined with the use of multivariate comparative analysis. The level of motor development of studied children was more strongly determined by their somatic build than the quality of life of their families. The most important somatic determinants of the subjects' motor abilities were body height and subcutaneous adiposity. These determinants primarily affected speed and strength abilities of younger school children. Objective quality of life of children's families determined the development of some strength abilities in children aged 8-12 years. No correlations between the subjects' motor development and subjective quality of life of their families were found.