Research students from the HEART lab and the Ursinus Division III Wrestling team recently combined forces to complete a study on the effects of acute exercise and the effects of a meal on body composition and blood pressure. During the study, tests were performed on the Division III wrestlers within a specified time frame after fasting and again after eating to determine how specific levels of kilocalories, nutrients and minerals may contribute to changes in BP and the body composition. Testing was also performed on the wrestlers to determine whether changes occur to body composition with acute exercise. The study continues with Ursinus Lacrosse players.
Two abstracts on the study were accepted and the students will be presenting their research at The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in May. The American College of Sports Medicine advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Students involved in the study include Kristin Aichele, Monica Bonitatis, Christina Cromwell, Albert Desiderio, Matthew Generotti, Nicole Good, Jessica Lenzo, Michael Neal, Joy Oakman, Avery Perez, and Christopher Ryder with assistance provided by Michael Brown, FACSM and Dr. Deborah Feairheller.