Date of Graduation

Fall 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Exercise Science - Coaching/Conditioning

Research Sponsor

Rachele Kappler

First Reader

Stacey Buser

Second Reader

Ronald Otterstetter

Abstract

Purpose

Seventeen subjects were selected from The University of Akron Women's Soccer team to participate in a study that assessed the correlation between body composition and perceived ventilatory threshold.

Methods

All resting measurements were taken on the subjects. These measurements included height, weight, waist circumference, and neck circumference. Body composition was then estimated by using the BodPod. Subjects were fitted with a Polar heart rate monitor and a mask for the VO2max test was appropriately fitted and assembled for each participant. Each participant were then read a script to explain to them what a ventilatory threshold (VT) is, and were told to raise their hand during the maximal testing when they believed they had reached their VT. After the completion of the maximal testing and cool-down, the participants were asked to fill out the Preference for and Tolerance of Intensity of Exercise Questionnaire (PRETIE-Q) to garner more personal information about their exercise preferences.

Results

Data showed close to no statistically significant correlation between the two sets of data. Correlation value =0.012 (r=0.0833, p=0.966).

Conclusion

Therefore, we cannot say that body composition regardless of lean mass or fat mass has a physiological effect on ventilatory thresholds. Subsequently, this data disproves our hypothesis that body composition effects perceived ventilatory threshold.

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