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Exercise--Physiological aspects;


The purpose of this study was to describe the changes in anaerobic power of a NCAA Division I men's college basketball team over the course of a season using the Wingate Anaerobic Test.

Administered on a bicycle ergometer, the Wingate Anaerobic Test was given to 15 members of the University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team four different times over the course of a season. During the season the team participated in no specific conditioning program for anaerobic power and relied on regular practices and games for all conditioning.

The Wingate Anaerobic Test measured maximal anaerobic power, anaerobic capacity, and rate of fatigue. Maximal anaerobic power is calculated from the maximal number of pedal revolutions in any given 5 second period. Anaerobic capacity is calculated from the total number of revolutions obtained within 30 seconds. Rate of fatigue is calculated in two ways. As an index, rate of fatigue is calculated from the difference between the best 5 second period and the worst 5 second period divided by the elapsed time. As a percentage, rate of fatigue is the percentage that maximal anaerobic power declined throughout the whole test. This is calculated from the difference between the best 5 second period and the worst 5 second period, divided by the best 5 second period, and multiplied by 100.

The raw score for maximal anaerobic power and anaerobic capacity was transformed into the standard power unit of watts as well as watts per kilogram of body weight. All variables were then analyzed statistically. Paired t-tests described the difference among all four tests while Pearson correlation coefficients were calculated to determine relationships among variables.

No statistically significant changes were found in anaerobic power levels across the four tests. As well, maximal anaerobic power values, as determined by the Wingate Anaerobic Test, were established for NCAA Division I male basketball players. It was concluded that basketball players were able to maintain their level of anaerobic power through regular practice and playing games.

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Master of Arts


Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services


Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

First Advisor

Forrest Dolgener


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