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Date of Graduation

Spring 5-4-2017

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


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Jeremy Akers

Danielle M. Torisky

Elizabeth Skidmore Edwards


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine if collegiate and recreational basketball players shooting accuracy improved after consumption of breakfast (BF) compared to no-breakfast (No-BF).

Methods: 24 male and female collegiate and recreational basketball players completed a three-week intervention study with a crossover design. Subjects were randomly assigned to a four-day BF or No-BF treatment starting on Monday and completed testing that included a free-throw drill and timed 2-point and 3-point drills on day four. Treatment switched the following Monday. Food intake records were collected during each treatment phase.

Results: There was no difference between BF and No-BF treatments in amount of shots taken and percentage of shots made during free-throw, 2-point and 3-point drills. In addition, no difference was observed between BF and No-BF treatment when the number of shots taken during 2-point and 3-point drill was combined. There was a significant difference observed between BF and No-BF in mean percentage of shots made during the free throw, 2-point and 3-point drill combined, (BF= 59.2±6.8, No-BF= 48.3±5.4, p-value < 0.001).

Conclusion: Despite the finding that mean shooting percentage was improved when the free-throw, 2-point and 3-point drill were combined, the main finding of the study was that breakfast consumption did not show significant improvement in basketball shooting accuracy when free throw, 2-point and 3-point basketball shooting drills were observed separately.



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