Jonathan Moore1, Kira Ziola1, Quincy Johnson2, Dawei Sun1, Shane Hammer1 and Doug Smith1

1Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

2University of Nebraska – Kearney, Kearney, NE

Fitness is a major component of an athlete’s ability to perform at high levels. Men and women who participate in Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) golf are required to carry or push their own clubs for 3-4 hours per round of golf which includes walking up and down hills during competition and practice. Often there are environmental factors (heat, humidity) too that can add to the total work that golfers have to consider. However, golfers rarely complete a true graded exercise test (GXT) in a laboratory to exhaustion to determine maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) and heart rate (HRmax). PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to measure and create a profile of VO2max, HRmax, and time to exhaustion (TTE) through a modified Bruce protocol for elite Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) male and female golfers. METHODS: Data for 8 NCAA Division I male and 7 female golfers were used for this profile. The data was collected in November following the fall golf season. Descriptive data for height (cm) and weight (kg) are provided. The players completed the modified Bruce GXT protocol to exhaustion and metabolic (VO2max), HRmax, and TTE data was collected via indirect calorimetry using a Cosmed metabolic cart and a polar heart rate (HR) monitor. Relative VO2 max values are provided in Tables 1 and 2 below. RESULTS: This profile consists of height, weight, VO2max, HRmax, and Time to Exhaustion (TTE) which are provided in the tables below. CONCLUSION: Knowledge of the cardiorespiratory or endurance fitness levels of athletes is important for sport coaches, strength and conditioning professionals, and exercise science researchers. This information is valuable for developing physiological profiles for athletes and can be especially useful for enhancing athletic performance through the identification of areas of excellence and areas of improvement. Load monitoring of athletes during practice and competition is also becoming more and more common in order to increase performance, focus on recovery, and determine return to play protocols for athletes that may have sustained an injury.

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