Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Health and Nutritional Sciences

First Advisor

Matt Vukovich


Body Composition, Competitive Season, Energy Balance, Hockey, Strength


Purpose: This study investigated the body composition and strength changes of NAHL junior hockey players across a competitive season. It was hypothesized that players would lose lean body mass loss from pre-season to end-season. The secondary hypothesis was that players would lose strength in relation to the anticipated loss in lean body mass. Methods: Outcome measurements were taken at pre-season, mid-season, and endseason points of a competitive NAHL junior hockey season (n = 15, age = 19.1 years). Body composition was measured using air plethysmography (BodPod) and strength was measured using isokinetic strength testing (Biodex). Results: No significant changes in body composition were observed during the competitive season. Knee-extension time to peak torque at 60 deg/sec was significantly higher during the pre-season (675.7 ± 250.8 msec) than during the mid-season (451.4 ± 96.5 msec) and post-season (465.7 ± 82.2 msec) (p

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Hockey players.
Body composition.
Muscle strength.

Number of Pages



South Dakota State University



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