Kiki Marie Hess, Kristina Kay Holmes, Anna Katherine Rose Kolesar, Leah Ann Schneider, Madeline Nicole Smith, Kelsey Morgan Tepe



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Studying the effect of caffeine on exercise performance is important to determine the consumption of coffee in exercise. From previous research, it has shown consuming caffeine before exercise has positive effect on exercise, by decreasing rate of perceived exertion and increased exercise performance. The results we find through this research can help others decide whether they would drink coffee before exercising in the future. Since college students consume large amounts of coffee everyday, we want to see how it affects them while exercising. Specifically, we focused on the population of female college students in this project. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship of caffeine on aerobic exercise performance in college aged females. The caffeine consumed by the participants will be 8oz of donut shop coffee from a keurig cup. This will be consumed one hour before exercise and we will measure aerobic exercise performance using a cycle ergometer. There will be a total of 10 female college aged participants of both coffee and non-coffee consumers. We will have the same 10 females exercise one day without coffee and one day with coffee to compare our results. We are interested in looking at the effects coffee has on heart rate, blood pressure, rate of perceived exertion, and exercise performance (survey-based). The results will be reported at the symposium once our research is concluded.

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Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Haozhou Pu

Primary Advisor's Department

Health and Sport Science


Stander Symposium project

The effects of caffeine on aerobic exercise performance in college student females.