Date of Award

Spring 2018


Capstone - Open Access


Exercise and Sport Science

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Lindsey Carbone


Physical stress affects an athlete’s performance and can also lead to potential injuries. To avoid that, identifying physical stress levels can help determine if their training needs alterations to avoid injuries and improve overall performance. The purpose of this study was to compare physical stress on high school athletes overall performance measured by vertical jump height. Methods: In this study, physical stress was measured by vertical jump as well as a questionnaire. The participants were 8 female high school athletes aged 15-17 who were training to play a spring sport at their high school. The participants completed a baseline vertical jump test. They were given a weekly questionnaire that asked about what and how many sports they played over the weekend and how much rest they got, for six weeks along with getting vertical jump tested. The questionnaire was then scored and each athlete was placed into a category. The categories consisted of 1-4 with 4 being the highest fatigue category and 1 being the lowest fatigue category. Their vertical jump height was then compared with their baseline and they were placed into a fatigue category. If their score was lower, they were placed into the highest fatigue category, if their score was the same as their baseline they were placed in the normal fatigue category. If their score was higher than their baseline, they were placed in the no fatigue category. The data was analyzed by comparing their vertical jump score with their stress score, and seeing if there was a correlation. There was a moderate correlation among some of the participants. This data can be used to prevent athletes from overtraining and avoid injuries.