Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Dr. Rick Latin
Dr. Joseph LaVoie
Dr. Kris Berg
Nine female and four male basketball players at the University of Nebraska at Omaha completed pre- and post-season testing to measure and compare the physiological changes which occurred over the course of a competitive season of intercollegiate basketball. Cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2 max), muscular strength, muscular endurance and body composition were the variables measured. The results showed a significant (p=.05) increase in VO2 max (1 min -1) for both the males and females. The women showed a significant (p=.05) increase in V02 max (ml*kg-1 .min-1). No other significant changes occurred within either group. Between group comparisons found a significant (p=.01) decrease in lower extremity strength in the females. The results of this study show that for this group of U.N.O. Basketball players, similar physical fitness changes occurred in each group with the females having a significant decrease in lower extremity strength over the course of a competitive season of college basketball.
Fandel, Denise M., "Physical fitness changes in male and female college basketball players" (1985). Student Work. 656.