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Kinesiology and Health Sciences
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the autonomic balance and cardiovascular demands of collegiate sideline cheerleaders between practice and game settings, and throughout four quarters of a football game; and to evaluate the physical fitness of collegiate Division I cheerleaders. Eleven cheerleaders volunteered to participate (age; 18.9+0.8y, height; 163.2+4.3cm, and body mass; 64.9+8.7kg). Basic physical fitness was assessed by evaluating blood pressure, resting heart rate, grip strength, and body composition. Physiological data (maximal heart rate [HR], average HR, physiological intensity, physiological load, maximal activity, and average activity) were collected at four practices and four games using a Zephyr Bioharness HR monitor. Prior to each practice and game, a 15-minute heart rate variability (HRV) reading was taken in the seated position. There was a significantly higher LF/HF ratio prior to game than prior to practice (p
Cornett, McKenna, "The Cardiovascular Demands of Division I Sideline Cheerleaders During Training and Football Games" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 424.