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Thesis

All exercise science and special studies graduate students are required to complete a clearly defined, narrowly focused, self-directed research project (thesis) during their second year.

Thesis Topics: We encourage students to select a topic of genuine interest. Students are free to complete a thesis stemming from a professor's research or topics that are completely independent of any ongoing research in the lab. For sample thesis topics, you may peruse our previous students' thesis titles by navigating through the following topic list.

Baseball

Basketball

Body Image

Boxing

Clinical

Cycling

Dancers

Distance Running

Drug Use

Eating Disorders Endurance Training Fencing

Fitness

Football

Golf

Gymnastics

Heat Exchange Mask

Ice Hockey

Interval Training

Jumping

Long Jump

Metabolic Cost

Miscellaneous

Muscle Recruitment

Nasal Strips

Nordic Skiing

Product Validation

Prosthetics

Resistance Training

Sprinting

Supplements

Swimming

Testing Procedures

Volleyball

Weight Loss

Wrestling

Thesis Format: In a thesis, there are two chapters followed by several appendices. The first chapter of the thesis, ranging in length from 10 to 30 pages, states the research question and summarizes the related literature. The second chapter, roughly the same length as chapter one, thoroughly describes the proposed experimental design, and methods that will be used to answer the question. The first appendix is a manuscript that is ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. With the adoption of this new manuscript format, the following graduates have published their work.

Beil, T.L. and Street, G.M. (2004). Comparison of interface pressures with pin and suction suspension systems. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 41 (6A), 821-828.

Beil, T.L., Street, G.M. and Covey, S.J. (2002). Interface pressures during ambulation using suction and vacuum-assisted prosthetic sockets. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development , 39(6), 693-700.

Board, W.J., Street, G.M. and Caspers, C. (2001). A comparison of trans-tibial amputee suction and vacuum socket conditions. Prosthetics and Orthotics International , 25, 202-209.

Thesis Timetable: Students who follow the recommended steps in the Sample Schedules in completing their theses invariably graduate in two years. Not following the scheduled thesis steps places the student at a decided disadvantage for graduating in a timely fashion.

Baseball

  • 1997, Can throwing cords or arm ergometry enhance throwing velocity in collegiate baseball players?

Basketball

  • 1997, Can common factors be used to predict accuracy in the basketball free-throw?
  • 1997, The effects of a competitive season on fitness and strength levels in NCAA Division II female basketball

Body Image

  • 2002, Body image perceptions of black and white female students

Boxing

  • 2005, Effect of headgear type at attenuating impact forces
  • 1995, Shock attenuation in amateur boxing headgear

Clinical

  • 2006, The effects of pedometer use in increasing daily lifestyle activity in an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation population
  • 2005, Cerebral and muscle oxygenation levels during moderate and maximal cycle ergometry
  • 1998, Response of diabetic cardiac patients to phase two rehabilitation
  • 1997, Clinical exam findings as predictors of cervical pain in atraumatic computer workers
  • 1997, Comparison of perception of quality of life in patients with coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease
  • 1994, Masticatory muscle activity with varying head postures
  • 1993, Energy costs of various low-level cardiac rehabilitation exercises

Cycling

  • 2011, High intensity interval training and 40 km cycling time trial

Dancers

  • 2008, Effects of turnout training program on hip external rotation, pelvic tilt and knee valgus torque in recreational college aged dancers

Distance Running

  • 2006, The influence of a carbohydrate-protein sports drink on repeat spring performance.
  • 2004, Flexibility and field tests of anaerobic power as determinants of 5-km run time
  • 1995, Daily variability in blood lactate of collegiate female distance runners
  • 1991, The effects of shoe mass distribution on physiological and mechanical responses during distance running
  • 1990, Comparison of anaerobic threshold and self-selected training pace in elite distance runners
  • 1989, Prediction of running performance from selected variables measured during bicycle ergometry
  • 1987, Correlations of laboratory tests to distance running performance during a cross-country track season

Drug Use

  • 1997, Effects of alcohol-induced hangover on a 30-minute run at lactate threshold
  • 1994, Smokeless tobacco effects on batting abilities and psychomotor task performance of male baseball players
  • 1976, The effects of smoking on the six-minute predicted maximal oxygen uptake test

Eating Disorders

  • 1994, Eating disorders, body composition and nutritional adequacy in female athletes

Endurance Training

  • 1998, The effects of three weeks of deep water running on the maintenance of VO2 max and aerobic endurance
  • 1996, Does blood urea nitrogen level increase with intensity of running training in college males?
  • 1987, Metabolic responses of upper body training on arm, leg and combined arm-leg exercise
  • 1986, Physiological responses of women to aerobic dancing and jogging programs
  • 1983, Cardiovascular responses to training at the aerobic and anaerobic thresholds

Fencing

  • 1983, Measurement of selected metabolic responses to foil fencing

Fitness

  • 1998, Aerobic fitness and physiological reactivity to a mental stressor
  • 1998, Television viewing and physical fitness
  • 1983, The effect of aerobic activity on resting metabolism
  • 1975, The effects of an eight-week endurance exercise program on college women

Football

  • 2007, Validity of predicting one-repetition maximum strength from sub-maximal repetition to fatique
  • 1996, A comparison of high school and college long snapping techniques
  • 1974, A densiometric and anthropometric body composition evaluation of a college varsity football team

Golf

  • 1995, Grip pressure in the golf putting stroke
  • 1992, Movement patterns of low and high handicap golfers and their effects on performance

Gymnastics

  • 2010, The impact of pre-season training on physiological stress during competitive gymnastics season using biological markers creatine, kinase and cortisol

Heat Exchange Mask

  • 2004, Effects of cold exposure on hypertensives
  • 2001, Effects of a heat-exchange mask on endurance exercise performance in the cold

Ice Hockey

  • 1997, Accumulated oxygen deficit as a predictor of on-ice hockey skating performance in college players
  • 1997, Ice and in-line skating kinematics in collegiate hockey players

Interval Training

  • 2003, The effects of twelve weeks of interval cycling on aerobic capacity and body composition
  • 1994, Comparison of two resistive cord training methods on sprint performance and leg strength
  • 1993, The effects of speed chute training on sprint speed
  • 1990, The effects of downhill training on sprinting performance

Jumping

  • 2004, Error sources in determining countermovement jump height using the imaging method
  • 2000, Validation of jump height estimation methods
  • 1997, Predictability and validity of best depth box height

Long Jump

  • 1995, Kinematics and ground reaction forces during the take-off of the long jump and triple jump

Metabolic Cost

  • 1998, Effect of step rate and choreography on the metabolic cost of step aerobics
  • 1997, Reproducibility of excess post exercise oxygen consumption following sub maximal cycling in females
  • 1996, Physiological responses to submaximal exercise on mechanically braked cycle ergometers
  • 1993, Metabolic characteristics of bench stepping with and without hand weights
  • 1989, The development of weight-adjusted estimates of caloric expenditures for the Nordic Track

Miscellaneous

  • 2005, Cerebral and muscle oxygenation levels during moderate and maximal cycle ergometry.
  • 1997, A comparison of three methods of monitoring and maintaining target heart rate across modes and between genders
  • 1994, Administration and comparison of model cholesterol education program with and without support
  • 1985, Determination of the validity and reliability of a walk/run field test for max VO2

Muscle Recruitment

  • 1995, Quadriceps activation with backward running
  • 1995, Upper and lower abdominal muscle activity during selected abdominal exercises
  • 1994, EMG activity of ice skating and treadmill skating in hockey players

Nasal Strips

  • 1998, The effect of Breathe Right nasal strips on lactate threshold during steady state running
  • 1998, The performance and recovery effects attributed to the Breathe Right nasal dilator during a simulated hockey task

Nordic Skiing

  • 2004, Lower body anaerobic power and performance in cross-country skiing
  • 1996, Determination of the upper body lactate threshold in Nordic skiers
  • 1994, Kinematic analysis of skating technique of Olympic skiers in the women's 30 km race
  • 1994, Physiological changes during one year of training for national level cross country skiers
  • 1992, Peak cardiorespiratory responses to two types of simulated Nordic ski poling
  • 1991, Comparison of physiological variables between developmental and elite cross-country skiers
  • 1985, Assessment of peak oxygen uptake during restricted and unrestricted arm work in cross-country skiers
  • 1981, A laboratory assessment specific to Nordic skiing

Product Validation

  • 2000, Validity of the medical graphics CPX/D gas exchange analysis system
  • 1998, Assessing the CPX Express respiratory gas exchange system using male athletes
  • 1993, Comparison of knee extension and flexion values between a Biodex and Cybex in women
  • 1988, Electrochemical analysis of blood lactate compared to a classical spectrophotometric method
  • 1988, Validity of whole-body bioelectrical impedance analysis in the prediction of percent body fat in women
  • 1986, Comparison of two methods of gas exchange analysis: manual vs. automated

Prosthetics

  • 2010, The effect of vacuum level 1 socket wall texture on maximal static friction between a cloth sheath and socket wall material
  • 2008, Minimum vacuum level required to maintain limb volume in trans-tibial amputees during ambulation
  • 2001, Interface pressures during ambulation using suction and vacuum-assisted prosthetic sockets
  • 2000, Below-knee amputee residual limb responses to vacuum-assisted and suction socket conditions

Resistance Training

  • 2002, The effects of resistance training on functional mobility in subjects at least 65 years old
  • 1998, A comparison of high intensity and conventional strength training programs for high school football
  • 1989, Comparison of weight trained and non-weight trained men at eighty percent of one repetition maximum

Sprinting

  • 2009, Power production and the effect of weight distribution on starting block performance in sprinters
  • 2006, Effect of active vs. passive recovery or high intensity intermittent 2K sprints
  • 1999, A comparison of the stand-up start using Moye blocks vs. the crouch start for small-college varsity women sprinters

Supplements

  • 2006, Ingestion of a cho-p supplement improves performance during related bouts of high intensity cycling
  • 2000, D-ribose: effect on carbohydrate metabolism
  • 2000, Effects of carbohydrate supplementation on 10 km performance following prolonged roller skiing
  • 2000, The effects of phosphatidylserine on markers of muscular stress in endurance runners
  • 1999, The effects of an herbal compound on lactic acid clearance
  • 1998, The influence of endurox and carbohydrate ingestion on muscle tissue stress and duathlon performance
  • 1997, Creatine supplementation and multiple skating task performance in Division I hockey players
  • 1985, Effects of physical training and iron supplementation on the iron status of female athletes

Swimming

  • 1991, The reliability of the individual anaerobic threshold in swimming
  • 1990, Effects of shaving on swimming performance
  • 1988, A swimming protocol for determination of individual anaerobic threshold

Testing Procedures

  • 2010, Determining the gastrin emptying characteristics of carbohydrate + protein and carbohydrates only sports drinks during moderate intensity exercise
  • 2000, Determination of critical power of collegiate female swimmers from four submaximal arm crank ergometer
  • 1993, The effect of warm-up time on power output during the Wingate test
  • 1992, Influence of stage duration and rest period on lactate threshold and VO2 max
  • 1992, Predicting 30 second minimum power from a 20 second Wingate test
  • 1992, Validation of the Conconi protocol by maximal lactate steady state measurement in runners
  • 1991, Comparison of maximal oxygen consumption using an arm crank and a wheelchair-like arm ergometer
  • 1991, The effect of continuous versus discontinuous running protocols on lactate kinetics of female endurance runners
  • 1990, The acute effects of posture and exercise on plasma volume and total cholesterol
  • 1989, The effect of varying arm to leg work ratios on VO2 max
  • 1984, Effects of specific muscle training on cardiorespiratory kinetics
  • 1983, Maximal cardiorespiratory responses and vertical power output

Volleyball

  • 2009, Changes in jump height of female college volleyball players: implications for training
  • 2002, Static block jump techniques in volleyball: upright versus squat starting positions
  • 1998, A kinetic comparison of the volleyball spike jump performed on hard-court and sand surfaces

Weight Loss

  • 1982, A comparison of two methods of weight reduction
  • 1983, The effects of rapid weight loss on the body composition and cardiovascular fitness of collegiate wrestlers

Wrestling

  • 1977, The body composition of high school wrestlers
  • 1976, A seasonal study of the body composition and anthropometric measurements of a university wrestling team
  • 1976, An analysis of strength changes of university wrestlers as measured by Cybex II: an isokinetic device
  • 1973, The use of anthropometric and skinfold measurements in predicting minimal weights of high school wrestlers
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