Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Health Promotion and Human Performance

Committee Member

Anthony Moreno, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Steve McGregor, PhD

Committee Member

Christine Karshin, PhD


The intent of this study was to determine if high school female basketball players participating in a physical training intervention (including a warm-up and plyometric, jump, flexibility, and strength training) would decrease valgus motion at the knee joint upon impact of a jump landing task. In addition, another aim of the investigation was to determine if the training routine would enhance physical performance factors associated with specific basketball skills (e.g., vertical jump and agility).

Twenty high school female basketball players, (experimental group n = 8, mean = 14.2 yrs; control group n = 12, mean = 14.3 yrs) were recruited and introduced to an 8 week physical conditioning program. Significant interactions were found for all three dependant variables (knee valgus motion, vertical jump height, and agility performance time) at the conclusion of the intervention. Results of the study support the premise that a physical training program can positively alter valgus knee motion, improve physical performance factors, and play a crucial role in injury prevention among female youth basketball participants.


Additional committee member: Geffrey Colon, PhD