Niveen Joulani

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Honors Thesis


Researchers have found that the different positions in a sport can play a significant role in the internal proportions of the body. This work focused on comparing the body composition and cardiorespiratory fitness between softball infielders and outfielders. Six female collegiate softball players (20.0 ± 0.89 yrs, 64.9 ± 1.7 in, 65.2 ± 8.1 kg), were split into two groups, infielders and outfielders, in order to compare the differences between the two groups. Subjects were asked to report to The University of Texas at Arlington MAC 153 on one occasion for 30 minutes. Body composition was taken using the BodPod, a machine that measures the body’s fat and fat-free mass, and cardiorespiratory fitness was measured as maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) using the Bruce Protocol. Results found that infielders had lower cardiorespiratory fitness (42.63 ± 8.14 VO2max) and higher fat mass (21.5 ± 10.04 percent body fat). Overall, the position within this sport appears to have an impact on the player’s fitness levels and body composition.

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