Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Biology

Research Sponsor

Dr. Rolando J.J. Ramirez

First Reader

Dr. James H. Holda

Second Reader

Dr. Lis K. Regula

Abstract

Objectives: The goal of this study was to determine if body composition affected athletic performance in the sport of volleyball at the University of Akron.

Methods: The study was conducted in the School of Sports Science & Wellness Education on the 3rd floor of Infocision Stadium at the University of Akron using the computer containing the Bod Pod data for the women’s volleyball team.

Results: 20 subjects of the women’s varsity volleyball team were studied. The averages of each test were varied between the different skills tests in counter-movement vertical jump, approach vertical jump, block, broad jump, chin-ups, and push-ups. Lean body mass had a positive correlation to the test results than fat body mass.

Conclusions: Lean body mass is a predictor of athletic performance in women’s volleyball. The Bod Pod can be used as an accurate predictor of future performance to accurately measure body composition in the athletes on the volleyball team, and that the lower percentage of body composition the better the performance on the fitness tests.

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