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Kinesiology

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Daily Melatonin Supplementation Influence On Body Composition And Sleep Quality Over An Eight-Week Experimental Trial, Nathan Oakes Jan 2019

Daily Melatonin Supplementation Influence On Body Composition And Sleep Quality Over An Eight-Week Experimental Trial, Nathan Oakes

Ithaca College Theses

Obesity is a chronic metabolic disorder that affects all genders, ages, races, and socioeconomic levels, and increases the likelihood of developing other physiological or metabolic diseases. Considering its adipogenic inhibitory characteristics, its effect on sleep, and sleep’s effect on physical activity, supplementary melatonin may help combat this metabolic disorder. The purpose of this study was to identify trends in how supplementary melatonin affects sleep quality, physical activity, and body composition. To that end, a 14-week intervention study following an ABA single-subject design was conducted consisting of Ithaca College staff and faculty between ages of 40-59 years, with a BMI ...


The Effects Of A Sleep Extension On Reactive Strength And Decision Making In Agility Tasks, Michael Wenger Jan 2019

The Effects Of A Sleep Extension On Reactive Strength And Decision Making In Agility Tasks, Michael Wenger

Ithaca College Theses

This study examined the effect of extended sleep on reactive strength index (RSI) performance and decision-making skills of agility tasks. Participants (N = 15) volunteered for the study providing informed consent and were varsity student-athletes at Ithaca College. Participants attended five lab sessions over a six-week period with testing occurring at four of the lab sessions. Performance was measured by trials of the reactive strength index-drop jump test (RSI-DJ), a pre-planned change of direction (COD) test, and a reactive agility test (RAT). Participants were familiarized with testing protocols that were followed by a baseline period where habitual sleep patterns were recorded ...


Virtual Vs. Reality: Comparing Resistance Exercise Session Efficacy Using A Fitness App Or A Fitness Professional, Matthew William Limoges Jan 2019

Virtual Vs. Reality: Comparing Resistance Exercise Session Efficacy Using A Fitness App Or A Fitness Professional, Matthew William Limoges

Ithaca College Theses

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of using a fitness software application (APP) compared to a fitness coach (COACH) on resistance exercise (RE) session efficacy. Methods: Sixteen healthy, college-aged males and females volunteered and completed a self-directed (SELF) RE condition using Cybex resistance machines for the leg press (LP), chest press (CP), seated row (SR), and shoulder press (SP) exercises. Participants were then randomized in counter-balanced fashion to complete a RE session with a COACH and another using an APP. Total and individual exercise volume was measured for each condition, along with ratings of perceived ...


Power Characteristics Of Conventional And Hexagonal Barbell Jump Squats, Josh Kieffer Jan 2019

Power Characteristics Of Conventional And Hexagonal Barbell Jump Squats, Josh Kieffer

Ithaca College Theses

Training to develop power typically involves performing a combination of slow-moving resistance exercises against heavy loads (e.g., back squats) and/or fast-moving exercises against light loads (e.g., jump squats). Hexagonal barbell exercises such as hexagonal barbell deadlift (HBD) and hexagobal barbell jump squats (HBJS) are commonly used alternatives to conventional barbell exercises such as the back squat (BS) and jump squat. The change in load position with these hexagonal barbell exercises appears to allow for greater force, velocity, and power compared to conventional barbell exercises, however knowledge on hexagonal barbell exercises is limited by lack of studies. The ...