2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Effect of Fatigue on Reaction and Movement Times of College Baseball Players
Katie M. Dames*, Allysa Surgener, and Peter Esau
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of post-exercise fatigue on reaction (RT) and movement times (MT) of college baseball players. Male baseball players (n=19) volunteered to be measured for RT and MT were measured twice before and after an off-season workout. RT was measured using a touch pad on which subjects stood with only one foot in a position similar to base running. On an auditory beep, subjects lifted the drive foot, stopping a digital timing unit, and sprinted one meter through a photoelectric sensor to stop a second digital clock (MT). Following pre-test, subjects participated in an hour-and-a-half off-season weight training workout. Immediately following, subjects were tested again. Pre-test RT was not significantly different from post-test RT. Pre-test MT was significantly faster than post-test MT. Fatigue generated during an average exercise training session does not affect RT among baseball players but may significantly decreases MT.

Keywords: baseball, reaction time, fatigue

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 500-2
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 3:30

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