Student Scholarship Recognition Day (SSRD) was created by the late CLA Dean Larry Cress. The main goal was to provide an avenue for Willamette students to share their exemplary work with their peers, educators, friends, and family. Another goal was to include the papers and projects presented during in a digital archive of student work completed at Willamette. Visit the SSRD web site.
Browsing Student Scholarship Recognition Day by Subject "Carbohydrate Loading"
Carbohydrate loading is a common pre competition method that aims to improve athletic
performance. It has most commonly been used in endurance activities, however there is
some evidence that it may also improve anaerobic performance. The purpose of this study
was to examine the effects of carbohydrate loading on anaerobic work, measured by an
anaerobic treadmill test. Participants were college varsity athletes who performed two
anaerobic treadmill tests, one with carbohydrate loading the evening prior to the test and
the other after a normal diet. Anaerobic work was calculated and results were analyzed
with a one tailed student’s t-test. Subjects generated an average of 22.90 ± 9.55 kJ of
work under the loading condition, and only an average of 20.716 ± 8.39 kJ of work under
the non-loading condition. The statistical analysis revealed a p value of .011. Given these
results, the hypothesis that carbohydrate loading would cause a significant increase in
anaerobic performance was accepted.