Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Health and Sport Sciences

Degree Program

Exercise Physiology, MS

Committee Chair

Swank, Ann Marie

Author's Keywords

Fatigue; Competitive season; Soccer; Overtraining; Reaction time; Training


Fatigue--Diagnosis; Reaction time--Testing; Physical fitness for women; Women athletes--Physiology


Accumulated fatigue experienced during the competitive season can be detrimental to athletic success. The purpose of the study was to identify a performance test that best correlated with markers of fatigue in an attempt to detect accumulated fatigue. The performance markers included vertical jump height (VJ), peak power output (PPO) and reaction time (RT). The markers of fatigue included weight, stress levels (DALDA), resting heart rate, training load, rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and ratio of RPE to training load. Seventeen female subjects, members of the Division I University of Louisville's soccer team, volunteered to participate. RT, RPE, and 'worse than normal' responses in part A and B of the DALDA questionnaire significantly decreased. RT significantly positively correlated with 'worse than normal' responses in the DALDA questionnaire. This pilot study provides evidence that RT can be used as a tool that identifies markers of fatigue.