Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


This study was undertaken to determine which of the three most popular methods of resistance training, when used as a supplement to football practice, would have the greatest effect on increasing the running speed of the college football player.

Forty-two freshman and sophomore football players at the Univ- \ ersity of Minnesota Technical College - Crookston served as subjects. The subjects were divided into three experimental groups. Experimental Group I participated in football practice and isotonic resistance training, Experimental Group II participated in football practice and isometric resistance training, and Experimental Group III participated in football practice and resistance running training.

Each group was tested prior to, and at the end of, an eight week training program. The test was a 40-yard dash, run from a three point starting position.

The significance of difference between the pre and post-test means within each group was tested by the t technique for correlated scores for small samples. Comparisons were made between groups to establish whether there was any significant difference. For this purpose the post test means of the three groups were tested by the one-way analysis of covariance and expressed as an F ratio. Rejection of the null hypothesis was assumed at the .01 level.

The conclusions drawn from this study were:

1. Experimental Groups I and III made significant improvement at the .01 level in running speed during the experimental period as measured by the 40-yard dash,

2. the football team as a whole made a significant improvement in running speed at the .01 level,

3. the one-way analysis of covariance between the groups failed to show a significant difference between the improvements in running speed that each experimental group made.