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PURPOSE: The ketogenic diet was originally created in 1911 in hopes of treating epileptic children. Now, the ketogenic is a cultural trend that many stationary individuals use but has seldomly been studied regarding athletes and their performance. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of the ketogenic diet and its direct effects on power through testing jump height in volleyball players. HYPOTHESIS: It was hypothesized that the ketogenic diet will have an overall negative effect on the performance of an athlete specifically in jump height in collegiate volleyball players. METHODS: Participants included twenty apparently healthy, female collegiate volleyball players who volunteered for this study. At the start of week one, the first testing session was conducted to gather participants pre-diet measurements. Weeks 1-4 were dedicated to the ketogenic diet and continuing typical training protocols. The end of week 4 was dedicated to post-diet testing. Weeks 4-8 was dedicated to resuming typical personal diets as well as training. End of week 8 was dedicated to gathering final measurements, post one month of resuming a normal diet. LIMITATIONS: These may include the small sample size that was chosen from the Gardner-Webb female volleyball team. As well as the little amount of time for the ketogenic to properly take into effect.

Publication Date

Spring 2022


Boiling Springs, NC


Medicine and Health Sciences | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Sports Sciences

The Influence of the Ketogenic Diet on Jump Height in D1 Collegiate Volleyball Athletes