Date of Award

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Philip Buckenmeyer, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Joy Hendrick, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Peter McGinnis, Ph.D.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether a bout of cardiovascular exercise would affect a trained female athlete’s strength. Women varsity basketball players from SUNY Cortland (n = 9, age 19.56 ±1.33 years) volunteered for this study. The subjects completed a high intensity interval cardiovascular workout on a treadmill followed by strength testing. The strength tests included flat bench press and leg press performed four and 16 hours, after completing the bout of cardiovascular exercise, respectively. The results concluded that four hours after the cardiovascular workout, there was significant decrease in the athlete’s leg press strength (F(1.182, 12.999) = 50.05, p < .05, partial η2 = .820). This decrement was only seen in the third set. By 16 hours postcardiovascular exercise, the decrement had returned to normal. It was concluded that high intensity cardiovascular exercise can negatively affect a trained athlete’s strength when performed concurrently with strength training.

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