Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education

First Advisor

Jack Ewing


The purpose of this investigation was to determine if a season of basketball competition effects the anaerobic power am capacity of college basketball players. Eleven members of the South Dakota State University men's basketball team and twelve non-athletic college-age males compared the experimental and control groups, respectively. Testing was completed and three different dates which were representative of the stages of a college basketball season. Subjects were tested an a modified Monark bicycle ergometer using the Wingate Anaerobic Test resistant setting of 75 grams per kilogram of body weight. The following variables were investigated over the course of the basketball season: Peak Power, Mean Power, Low Power and Fatigue Index. A repeated measures analysis of variance was used to determine if any significant differences existed at the .05 alpha level. No significant differences were found between the basketball players and the control group for Peak Power yet mean Peak Power did significantly increase over the course of the season. Mean Power increased significantly over the. course of the season. The increase in Mean Power for the basketball players was significantly greater than the increases for the control group. The mean Low Power for the basketball players was significantly greater than the mean Low Power of the control group. During the season the Low Power of the basketball players increased significantly while no significant change took place for the control group. The Fatigue Index results indicated that no significant differences existed between the two groups or throughout the course of the season.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Basketball players

Physical fitness for men



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University