Mary E. Grady

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Plowman, Sharon A.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Physical Education


Blood lipids; Girls--Health and hygiene; Badminton (Game)


A number of investigations have examined the influence of exercise on plasma lipids in an effort to promote lipid changes that will reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The present investigation examined the effect of a competitive badminton program on the serum lipids of high school females. The experimental subjects were six volunteers from the Glenbard South interscholastic badminton team. The control group was comprised of full-blooded sisters to members of the experimental group that were not involved in any supervised exercise program. Lipid profile analysis was performed on blood samples taken before and after the 8-week badminton season to determine levels of total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein, low-density lipoprotein, very low- density lipoprotein, and triglycerides. A mile run for fitness determination was performed by each subject before and after the 8-week investigation period. All subjects recorded their dietary intake over 5 consecutive days for an analysis of calories, cholesterol, and nutrients. Results indicated no change in any of the serum lipids. Total cholesterol showed a mean increase of 1.6 mg/dl for the experimental group and an increase of 9.16 mg/dl for the control group. High-density lipoprotein increased an average of 8.66 mg/dl for the experimentals and rose an average of 12.16 mg/dl for controls. Low-density lipoprotein showed a mean decrease of 5.16 mg/dl for the experimental group and a very slight mean increase of 0.33 mg/dl for the control group. Very low-density lipoprotein had a mean decrease for both groups with experimental down 0.16 mg/dl and controls decreasing by 3.50 mg/dl from pre- to postseason. Triglycerides also showed a mean decrease for both groups with experimentals down 1.33 mg/dl and controls down 17.00 mg/dl. The mile run times recorded pre- and postseason indicated no change in fitness levels. The experimental group had a mean decrease of ;01 sec and the control group a mean increase of :04 sec. The diet analysis indicated no differences between the two groups in relation to intake of calories, cholesterol, protein, carbohydrates, and fats. It was concluded that participation in an 8-week competitive badminton program by high school females had no significant effect on serum lipid or fitness levels.


Bibliography: pages 49-55.


viii, 75 pages




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