Courtney Cornell, Jordyn Butler, Jill Lucas & Steve Burns

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

INTRODUCTION: Athletes that compete in intense anaerobic bouts of exercise expend their energy at a rapid rate and exert a high level of anaerobic power. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the maximum sustained anaerobic power output between collegiate football and men’s basketball. METHODS: Sixteen NCAA Division II athletes were recruited to perform three vertical jumps, three broad jumps, and two 30-second Wingate tests. The Wingate test was used as a fatigue factor and for measuring sustained power output by the average watts per second produced. Three trials of vertical jump, broad jump and two Wingate tests were completed by all subjects without rest between trials. The results were analyzed by measuring the average watts per second for Wingate and the average distance for broad jump and vertical jump and calculated decline from baseline tests. The scores were averaged for each test for each team and an average decrement or improvement was calculated to draw a conclusion. RESULTS: Results indicated basketball players maintained a higher sustained anaerobic output through two Wingate tests average decrease 22.5 W/s and 20.53 W/s vs Football 26.8W/s and 27.3W/s. Three jump attempts for both vertical and broad jumps were averaged. Basketball decrease was 2.5 inches and increased by 3.25 inches vs football decreased 4.1 in and 5.1 respectively. CONCLUSION: The hypothesis states that if you are a Division II collegiate football player then you will have a higher maximum sustained anaerobic power output than collegiate basketball players. The data did not support this hypothesis therefore suggesting that Division II men’s basketball will sustain maximum power output longer than collegiate men’s football.

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