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Exercise and Sport Science

Senior Theses

Every Carthage student is required to submit a senior thesis or capstone project to demonstrate their mastery of their chosen area of study.

2019

2018

  • Suneed Ahmed '19 presents his senior thesis on Comparison Between Body Measurements and Event for...The Effectiveness of Summer Soccer Camp Training in Increasing Speed in Young Players — Charles Earner
  • Burnout in Female Athletes — Myeisha Arnold
  • Which major football lift correlates most with sprint speed? — James Cobbs
  • The effects of pre-workout on basketball down and back sprints — Brandon Elliott
  • The Relationship between Power and Dynamic Warm Up — Eric Freeman
  • Whole Body Vibrations Impact on Maximal Countermovement Jump Height — Ronald Grazian
  • Correlation between max squat, vertical jump, and sprint performance in division 3 football players. — Niko Messino
  • Bilateral Strength Asymmetry Following Femoroacetabular Impingement Injury of a Collegiate Football Player — Kristyn Nelson
  • The Relationship between Spring and Vertical Jump Performance — Kasey Raymond
  • Bilateral Strength Asymmetry Changes Following ACL Injury — Kamal Shasi
  • The Impact of Rest Periods on Repeated Sprint Performance — Dezerene Tilmon
  • How Does Repeated Sprint Ability Correlate with Fatigue? — London Townsend
  • Physical Therapy Improves Quality of Life — Marissa Ursu
  • Impact of Spring Break on a Strength Endurance Phase of Resistance Training Among Division III Women’s Soccer Players — Austin West

2017

  • Relationship Between Lean Body Mass and Performance Variables in NCAA Division III Football Players — Leo Arvanitakis
  • A collection of statistical models used to analyze if people’s exercise category level affects their stress levels in college — Liz Bailon
  • A Comparison of Running Performance in High School and College Female Soccer Players — Kathy Celebre
  • A Comparison of Rushing Yards and Carries in the Top NFL Running Backs — Dan DiMaria
  • A Study of Lower Body and Overall Strength in Correlation to 40-Yard Dash Speed — Dan Figueroa
  • Charlie Earner '19 presents his senior thesis on The Effectiveness of Summer Soccer Camp Training...Relationship of Strength and Pitching Velocity in Collegiate Baseball Players — Nick Heniff
  • Relationship Between Change of Direction, Standing Broad Jump and Tennis Performance — Lukasz Jaworski
  • Dominant Hand Grip Strength in Relation to Different Elbow Positions — Sara Kalter
  • An Analysis of the Prevalence of Distorted Eating Habits Among Athletes and Non-athletes — Emily Knurek
  • Comparison of Different Deadlift Grips and Correlation to Grip Strength — Boyd Mackenzie
  • Cooper Test Scores in DIII Men’s Soccer Players — Sahr Mahoney
  • Correlation between Force output and Throwing Distance — Jacob Menard
  • Bilateral Defecit Study — Jennifer Michuda
  • The Use of Chiropractic Care to Improve Low Back Pain — Jaina Parat
  • Will athletes learn new skills better with just verbal cues or with verbal cues and a demonstration of the skill — Ellen Penticoff
  • Relationship Between Anthropometrics and Performance Among Sprint and Distance Swimmers — Erik Pinter
  • Relationship Between Max Strength and Jump Performance Among Division III College Men’s Volleyball Players — Kyle Robinson
  • The effects of the Power Clean Exercise on Sprint and VJ — Kyle Rochau
  • Effect of Carbohydrate Rinse on Strength and Power Output — Nick Santos
  • An Analytical Case Study of the relationship between maximal Sprinting Speed and Squatting strength in 77 collegiate football Players — Kenneth Simpson
  • Acute Effects of Carbohydrate Mouth Rinse on Maximal Muscular Performance — Andrew Telshow
  • Training Volume & Performance Relationships In Female Cross Country Runners — Alanna Varnas
  • A Short-Term Study on the Effects Yoga Training has on Volleyball Players — Emily Wild
  • Peak Power Output Changes with Sitting, Standing, and Aerodynamic Cycling Positions — Tyler Young

2016

  • Christopher Russo presents his senior thesis.An Analytical Case Study of Ball Velocity, Shoulder Mobility, and Hitting Technique in Two Collegiate Volleyball Players — Scotty Adamczyk
  • The relationship between vertical jumps, anthropometrics, and drive performance in golf — Patrick Barrett
  • Physical Fitness Characteristics in Police officers vs College students — Jeff Bell
  • Biomechanics and Injuries in Overhand Throwing in Baseball Pitchers and Football Quarterbacks — Bobby Boesch
  • Assessment of Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with disabilities in Lake County, IL — Tim Cook
  • The impact of a high carbohydrate feeding on Athletic Performance — Ashley Cunningham
  • A comparison of rushing yards and carries in the top NFL running backs — Dan DiMaria
  • Binge Drinking and Athletic Performance — Marquis Hines
  • Setting corporate wellness programs up for success — Zachary James
  • Assessment of Children’s Knowledge of Fruits and Vegetables Versus Fast Food Restaurants — Carla Nuzzo
  • Relationship between anthropometrics and performance among sprint and distance swimmers — Erik Pinter
  • Sport Psychology of Injured Athletes Using Positive Self-Talk — Gracie Sanchez
  • Female Cross Country Runners — Kayla Spears
  • Training Volume and Performance Relationships In Female Cross Country Runners — Alanna Varnas
  • An assessment of task and ego orientation in baseball players — Graham Wick

2015

  • Katie Laio presents her senior thesis.What The Pharmaceutical Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know — Derek Bellamy
  • The Effects of Performance Training on Division 3 Men’s Lacrosse Players and Program Development Analysis — Charles Blake
  • Fans and the Fascination with Professionsl Sports and Fantasy Leagues — Kacie Cecchi
  • Recreational therapy vs  Physical therapy Aid — Ryan Crane
  • Comparison of Recovery Heart Rate and Predicted VO2 Max After Submaximal Stair Stepping in Female Athletes and Non-Athletes — Jessica Davison
  • An analysis of coaching styles: A case study of a Division III baseball coach — Michael Dickerson
  • Sports Performance Training: Giving Athletes A Competitive Advantage — Alexis Fahlbeck
  • Pre-workout. Is it worth it? — Michael Fernandez
  • Functional Movement Screenings to Assess Ranges of Motion and Flexibility between Dancers, Softball players and Water Polo players — Bryanna Fujino
  • Supplementation and the collegiate Athlete — Brian Graham
  • The development of strength and conditioning protocols for high school aged soccer players — Tara Grundy
  • Analysis of the Tremper High School Summer Football Training Program — David Haggan
  • A comparison of the effects of concentric and eccentric lifting protocols on strength training gains — Marcus Harnett
  • Effects of b-alanine on proton buffering capacity during high intensity interval training: a case study — Daniel Hoffman
  • The Use of Plyometrics and Stretch Training to Increase Power Output: A Case Study — Christian Jacobson
  • Concussions in NCAA Sports — Seamus Kaminski
  • The Journey of Starting and Becoming a Head Women’s College Basketball Coach — Kasey R. Kleiner
  • A Comparison of Measures of Skill Related Physical Fitness between Dancers and Lacrosse Players — Megan Malone
  • UCL Tears and Tommy John surgery — Lucas Mentkowski
  • Analysis of VA Heathcare across the US and VA Benefits — Catherine Miller
  • Effect of Foam Rolling and Static Stretching on Hamstring Flexibility — Megan Nukkala
  • Athletic Injuries and  Carthage — Kassandra Pacheco
  • Youth Resistance and Weight training in Pre and Intra Puberty Athletes — John Parish
  • Athletes and Concussions — Mitchell Pelish
  • Social Media in Athletics: Capturing and Engaging the Fan — Matthew Thome
  • Does Improved Flexibility Help Increase Golfers Average Drive Distance? — Matt VanScoyoc

2014

  • Police Fitness Requirements and Training — Salvatore Calderaro
  • The Practice of PT: Case Studies — Samantha Craig
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair of the Shoulder and Rehabilitation — Rebecca Cronk
  • US Army Physical Training Then and Now — Mary Doupis
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Conditions with Exercise guidelines — Bryce Downie
  • Steroids and Their Physiological Effects — Michael Gentile
  • NSCA Conferences — Shelby Hawley
  • Eating Healthy is Essentail to Living a Healthy Life — Amanda Kuchan
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Exercise — Corey Olson
  • The Variety of Therapy settings — Emily Park
  • The  ins and outs of setting up a basketball clinic — Tyler Pierce
  • Baseball Training Methods Comparison — Jeffrey Pugliese
  • Autism — Randi Rederer
  • Sport Specific Training — Devin Sarno
  • Boys and Girls Club and Running a Special Day at Carthage — Marlon Senior
  • The Relationship between college Students’ connectedness to Nature and Quality of Life — Hannah Shields
  • The Effects of Crowd Noise on Sports Teams — Kelsey Sopron
  • Boys and Girls Club and Running a Special Day at Carthage — Paul Tarsitano
  • The Effects of a Weighted Ball Program on 14-16 year olds — Samuel Wilhelms
  • After School Fitness Programs Comparison — Carly Wolfram
  • A Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist and Common Injuries — James Zebold

2013

  • Preseason Workouts/Comparison and Reflection of Off Season Training — Daniel Diaz
  • Police Academy and the Physical Training — Nick Dorau
  • A WNBA Analysis: More than Just a Game — Sam Godlewski
  • Flexibility and the Prevention of Injury to the Hamstrings — Taylor Maher
  • Strength and Conditioning Programs for High School Football — Michael Mecozzi
  • Case Study in Female High School Basketball Training — Tyler Prochnow
  • Current Research on Supplements — Victoria Pyan
  • How Pre-Tests and Measurements Affect a Physical Therapy Plan and Predict The Recovery Period — Christopher Schiltz
  • Personal Training vs Athlete Training — James Sinclair
  • Physical therapy/Ocupational therapy overview of the professions — Carsten Swarthout
  • Owing and Operating Fitness Facilities — Michael Trevino

2012

  • Football Workout Plan — Anthony Acciari
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Economics - lessons learned as it relates to sports — Joseph Aiello
  • Training certifications and Sport-Specifc Training — Mark Bappert
  • The effects of strength training on trunk flexibility — Grant Butler
  • Supervising and setting up an adult volleyball league — Michelle Braun
  • Competitive Youth Sports: The negative side — Courtney Conrad
  • Work out plan for Physical Training for the Police Academy — Andrew Dauparas
  • Comparison of Five Fitness Clubs — Tyler Eickmeyer
  • Marketing at the Boys and Girls Club and their supporters — Jon Gardner
  • Business Plan for Sport Faciltiy in the inner city — Martin Hodges
  • Setting up and administering a summer tennis camp — Brian Howe
  • Starting a new recreational program - flag football — Daniel Jones
  • Business Plan for Sport Faciltiy in the inner city — Dereck Klein
  • The Benefits of Sport Specific Training — Michael Kuster
  • How to Stop Pain - Injury Prevention Protocols for shoulder, lower back and knee — Alexandra Lowry
  • Behavior management in recreational settings — Tanner Mathiesen
  • Batspeed/ Pitching and Throwing Techniques and Training — Mario Perez
  • Personal training and Physical Therapy Occupations — Mason Poage
  • Potential Benefits and Dangers of Interval and Cross Training — Jennifer Precht
  • 3 stage baseball work out plan — Eric Rohe
  • Setting up and administering basketball leagues for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students — Matthew Rusk
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament — Julie Schmidt
  • New Leaf Program Set up and Analysis (electronic database) — Kathryn Szczesniak
  • Bo Know Training - techniques and schedules — Mitchell Thompson

2011

  • Individualized post season work out for Carthage Volleyball team utilized techniques learned at Acceleration — Cindy Cavanagh
  • Maintain….Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge — Erika Franco
  • Exercise Sport Science Career Opportunities — Derek Hall
  • Workouts for elite baseball talented players/Setting up Lakeside Legends showcase, baseball clinic — Brett Hogan
  • Implementation and Marketing of a youth Basketball League — Maria Paraskevopoulos
  • Implementation and Marketing of an Adult Volleyball League — Ken Rudy
  • Total Body work-out/Power Circuit/Exercise you Mind/Ball & Block Circuit/Spartan Workout/ Tailpipe Workout/Maintain don’t Gain Holiday Challenge — Scott Shiple
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