Term of Award

Spring 2010

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Jim McMillan

Committee Member 1

Stephen J. Rossi

Committee Member 2

Thomas A. Buckley

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the physiological and perceived stress and recovery response in Division 1 women basketball players across a competitive in-conference basketball season. Methods: 9 female Division 1 female collegiate basketball players volunteered and completed 5 testing sessions throughout in-conference play. The team was separated into starters (S) (n= 5;mean ± SD;19.4±1.5 y) and non-starters(NS)(n= 4;mean ± SD;19.2±0.5 y) Testing began during conference play and consisted of two drop jump trials and completion of the Recovery-Cue seven (RC7). Subjects also completed the Recovery-Stress questionnaire (REST-Q) on weeks 1 and 5. Results: A significant increase (P <.05) was observed in team mean RC7 scores from week 4 to week 5. No significant differences were found in jump height; however, there was a trend (p =.058) for starters' jump height to decrease from week 1 to week 5.No significant differences were found in global stress, global recovery or recovery-stress scores in S or NS. Starters' had higher scores on all scores throughout the season when compared with NS. Conclusion: Although no statistical differences were found, a performance decrease of 14.5% may have practical importance when dealing with collegiate athletes. Future research may need to consider analyzing individual player's results as opposed to the team as a whole in order to find significant differences. The use of a simple performance test and the use of a psychological assessment are very practical tools that can be used on a continuous basis to monitor athletes.

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