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Seasonal Variations in Aerobic Capacity and Body Composition in Division III Women's Soccer Players

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April 2020

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Collegiate athletes are set to a high standard to be part of a starting line-up. Studies have shown that greater levels of aerobic capacity directly correlates with higher performance. In this study, the Division III Marymount women’s soccer team was tested three times over an eight-month period to determine seasonal variations in VO2 max levels to determine aerobic fitness. Body fat percentage and body mass was also measured. The results of the current study showed an increase in VO2 over the summer (13.36%) and traditional season (5.82%). Over the summer, body mass and body fat percentage decreased, whereas the traditional season depicted an increase in these values. These results were compared to percent changes in data of a Division I women’s soccer team and a Division III men’s soccer team. The percent differences of this study most closely represented the percent differences of the Division III men’s soccer team.

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Seasonal Variations in Aerobic Capacity and Body Composition in Division III Women's Soccer Players

Collegiate athletes are set to a high standard to be part of a starting line-up. Studies have shown that greater levels of aerobic capacity directly correlates with higher performance. In this study, the Division III Marymount women’s soccer team was tested three times over an eight-month period to determine seasonal variations in VO2 max levels to determine aerobic fitness. Body fat percentage and body mass was also measured. The results of the current study showed an increase in VO2 over the summer (13.36%) and traditional season (5.82%). Over the summer, body mass and body fat percentage decreased, whereas the traditional season depicted an increase in these values. These results were compared to percent changes in data of a Division I women’s soccer team and a Division III men’s soccer team. The percent differences of this study most closely represented the percent differences of the Division III men’s soccer team.