Recently, my laboratory published an article in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research titled Longitudinal Assessment of NCAA Division I Football Body Composition by Season and Player Age “(Wichmann et al., 2022). To our knowledge, this is the first research study to examine longitudinal changes in body composition determined by dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in NCAA Division I football players by season, position, and player age. This article is based on data from over 700 collegiate male football athletes from five different NCAA Division I universities. Athletes were scanned at various time points and had at least one scan or multiple scans at pre-season (July-September), post-season (December- February), and spring season (March-May). In total over 2,500 scans were analyzed in this group of collegiate football players. This is a great article to read if you work with collegiate football players or have an interest in body composition in football players at this level or any level (high school, college, professional, etc.). If you want to read a more condensed version of this article, I suggest you check out two blog posts that I wrote in 2020 that discuss the data that was used to write this article.
The first blog post titled Changes in Body Composition in a Collegiate Football Season appeared on the Dexalytics Website on February 19, 2020. This blog post discusses the positional changes in body composition that occur over a single season.
The second blog titled Changes in Body Composition Over a Collegiate Football Career appeared on the Dexalytics Website on March 12, 2020. This blog post discusses the positional changes in body composition that occur over a collegiate football player’s career.
I hope you check out the original article (Wichmann et al., 2022). If not take a look at these two previous, blog posts mentioned above.
Wichmann TK, Wolfson J, Roelofs EJ, Bosch TA, Bach CW, Oliver JM, Carbuhn A, Stanforth PR, Dengel DR: Longitudinal assessment of NCAA division I football body composition by season and player age. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 36(6):1682-1690, 2022.
About the Author
Donald Dengel, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and is a co-founder of Dexalytics. He serves as the Director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, which provides clinical vascular, metabolic, exercise and body composition testing for researchers across the University of Minnesota.