A SEASON OF BASKETBALL PLAYING CONTRIBUTES SLIGHT IMPROVEMENTS TO ATHLETES' FITNESS
Bolonchuk, W. W., Lukaski, H. C., & Siders, W. A. (1991). The structural, functional, and nutritional adaptation of college basketball players over a season. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 31, 165-172.
Structure (somatotype and body composition), function (peak work capacity and work efficiency), and nutrition were measured pre- and post-season in eight college basketball players over a season.
Structural changes did not occur but work capacity and efficiency did improve. Minor changes in zinc and copper utilization were recorded.
Implication. During a season of basketball playing there is a gradual improvement in physiological function and minor changes in amounts of the trace elements zinc and copper.
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