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Caterisano Anthony; Patrick, Brian T.; Edenfield, Wyatt L.; Batson, Michael J.
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: February 1997
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ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to investigate whether playing time is a factor in determining the effects of a basketball season on selected fitness parameters. Subjects, 17 male Div. I basketball players, were divided into 2 groups based on playing status: starters and receivers. All were assessed for JOURNAL/jscr/04.02/00124278-199702000-00005/ENTITY_OV0312/v/2017-07-20T235203Z/r/image-pngO2 max, 1-RM bench press, 1-RM leg press, and % body fat immediately before and after the regular varsity season. A statistical comparison (ANOVA) of the groups revealed a significant decrease (p < 0.05) in JOURNAL/jscr/04.02/00124278-199702000-00005/ENTITY_OV0312/v/2017-07-20T235203Z/r/image-pngO2 max among the reserves whereas the starters maintained aerobic capacity. Values for 1-RM bench press declined significantly in both groups but values for leg press declined in starters only. These results suggest that reserve players experience aerobic detraining throughout the season, unlike starters, who maintain their aerobic capacity. Both groups showed significant decreases in upper body strength, and starters declined in lower body strength as well.

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether playing time is a factor in determining the effects of a basketball season on selected fitness parameters. Subjects, 17 male Div. I basketball players, were divided into 2 groups based on playing status: starters and receivers. All were assessed for JOURNAL/jscr/04.02/00124278-199702000-00005/ENTITY_OV0312/v/2017-07-20T235203Z/r/image-pngO2 max, 1-RM bench press, 1-RM leg press, and % body fat immediately before and after the regular varsity season. A statistical comparison (ANOVA) of the groups revealed a significant decrease (p < 0.05) in JOURNAL/jscr/04.02/00124278-199702000-00005/ENTITY_OV0312/v/2017-07-20T235203Z/r/image-pngO2 max among the reserves whereas the starters maintained aerobic capacity. Values for 1-RM bench press declined significantly in both groups but values for leg press declined in starters only. These results suggest that reserve players experience aerobic detraining throughout the season, unlike starters, who maintain their aerobic capacity. Both groups showed significant decreases in upper body strength, and starters declined in lower body strength as well.

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