Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


The role of women participating in athletics is becoming accepted as being a part of the educational process of the feminine sex. For many years such participation has been restricted due to customs, prejudices, and the lack of objective information as to what really happens physiologically to women while taking part in activity of varying stages of strenuousness. Is physical activity physiologically harmful to young women? Can a young woman withstand exercising at high heart rate levels for extended periods of time? The recent upsurge of women's basketball on the secondary and higher education levels behooves interested physical educators and coaches to study the physiological effects of such competition. How high does a heart rate get during a game of basketball and how long does it remain at this level? How much energy is expended during such an activity? This investigation was undertaken to provide information concerning the above questions and to describe what happens physiologically to two women engaging in intercollegiate basketball. The purpose of this study was to determine the energy expenditure of women competitors during a game of women's intercollegiate basketball. An additional purpose of the study was to describe the heart rate responses of the two participants during various aspects of the basketball game.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Women basketball players
Heart beat
Energy metabolism



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South Dakota State University