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High school students--Iowa--Attitudes; Physical education and training--Iowa; High school students--Attitudes; Physical education and training; Sports--Psychological aspects; Iowa; Academic theses;


The purpose of this study was to describe the different components of the pre-season conditioning program of men's basketball programs at selected NCAA Division I universities in the United States. The universities chosen for this study included the top 100 ranked teams in the final 1988 Dunkel computer basketball rankings. The average won-loss record of the participating universities in this study for the 1988 season was 23-10.

A questionnaire was constructed that included sections on general background information, conditioning and running components, strength conditioning components, and flexibility conditioning components. This questionnaire was used as the tool for collecting data. Of the 100 questionnaires mailed in this study, 44 were returned. The questionnaire was analyzed descriptively by compiling frequencies and percentages for each appropriate question. To facilitate interpretation, data were organized according to the different program components: (a) general background information, (b) conditioning and running, (c) strength training, and (d) flexibility.

The results from this study indicated that a pre-season conditioning program was an integral part of the best collegiate basketball programs in the United States. It was found that individualized pre-season conditioning programs based upon a player's position (perimeter or post) are not widely used. Results also indicated that aerobic training was the most important conditioning component in the pre-season conditioning program. The use of free-weights was the mode of exercise of choice for strength training in pre-season conditioning programs. Flexibility training was found to be an integral part of most pre-season conditioning programs. The results also indicated that distance running and timed wind sprints were the type of conditioning used most often in the pre-season conditioning program. It was also discovered that the leaper was not used as a mode of exercise in the majority of pre-season conditioning programs.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Larry D. Hensley

Second Advisor

Kenneth Green

Third Advisor

Iradge Ahrabi-Fard


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