Date Presented

Spring 5-15-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Exercise Physiology

First Advisor

Dr. Jill Lucas

Second Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey Herrick

Third Advisor

Dr. Christine Terry


The purpose of this study was to determine if a history of COVID-19 affects exertion rates during exercise. 16 subjects (8 with a history of COVID-19 and 8 without) completed the Ebbeling Submaximal Treadmill Test during which ratings of perceived exertion (RPE), heart rate, blood pressure, breath rate, and estimated VO2max were assessed. Previous physical activity habits and exercise participation were assessed prior to the exercise test. Following exercise, subjects were asked to compare exertion levels during the treadmill test to previous exertion levels prior to COVID-19 infection. We found that those with a history of COVID-19 may experience a difference in recovery following exercise. Data showed significantly higher recovery measurements in the COVID group as well as significantly higher respiratory rates in the COVID group both at rest and during recovery.