Date of Award
Master of Science
Throughout the years the story of man's development has been one of long continuous change. Thousands of years ago primitive man lived without the use of fire, tools or language. Gathering his food and other necessities, he was at the mercy of the cold, the wind, the rain and other dangers harmful to his existence. This individual came to realize that in order to survive he had to be fit--fit in the sense of meeting successfully any situation of hardship or danger as well as any other experience harmful to his existence. To him fitness was necessary for survival.
As man became more and more civilized, the concept of "survival of the fittest" was increased in many ways. Statements from two of the world's great thinkers illustrate these motivating factors: Aristotle--"The body is the temple of the soul and to reach harmony of body, mind and spirit, the body must be physically fit."
Stavredes, Thomas Costas, "A study of the physical fitness program in the Albert H. Hill School" (1963). Master's Theses. 1068.