Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Physical Education


Because of the many unanswered questions relevant to the nature and time of the meal before competition, the present study was undertaken to determine the effect of eating a large meal upon subsequent performance in the 400-yard freestyle swim.

For many years, coaches have been concerned with when to feed an athlete prior to competition as well as the type of foods he should consume.2 The American Red Cross for years stressed that no swimming should be done for approximately one hour after eating a large meal, because discomfort and impaired swimming performance might result from this practice.

Relatively little research has been undertaken to study food consumption and athletic performance. No facts appear to have been established relative to the effect of eating a large meal before swimming the 400-yard freestyle event. It is in this area that the present study is concerned.

The following limitations ware imposed upon the study: (1) fifteen boys from the varsity swimming team, (2) fifteen boys who can swim from the swimming classes. (3) The study was limited to those who enjoyed participation.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Leroy Moore

Committee Member

C, A. Wood

Committee Member

William Cofield

Committee Member

Hoover Wright


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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