Date of Award

1998

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Department

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Renee Mabey

Keywords

Exercise -- physiology; Physical Endurance; Physical Fitness; Sports

Abstract

Power is of extreme interest to coaches and athletes alike because of the crucial role it plays in athletic performance. This independent study examines the essence of power and attempts to describe its components in detail as they relate to various sporting events and explores theoretical and practical considerations for anaerobic power augmentation using mathematical arguments as a basis for the suggested changes to traditional training protocol.

Specifically, this study suggests changes to traditional resistance training protocol during the power phase of a mesocycie by decreasing the percentage of the maximal lift from 90% through 95% to 60% through 85%. In addition, two formulas have been presented. One offers a minimum strength and condition standard as a prerequisite for athletes desirous of incorporating upper extremity plyometric drills into their training program. The other offers a normalized platform height off which an athlete can step to perform in-depth jumps, a shock intensity level drill utilized with plyometric training.

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