Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Deb Riebe

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of an 8-week training program on performance measures in high school aged female volleyball players. Twenty-five female volleyball players from the Rhode Island Junior Rams volleyball club program (mean age 15.6 ± 1.15) completed the study. The subjects trained two nights per week for 8 weeks using different methods of resistance training techniques. The resistance training program involved a full body workout consisting of 2 sets of 10 exercises during each training session. Training sessions took place on court during normal practice times for the club teams using affordable and readily available sports specific training equipment. Performance measures were conducted before and after the training program. Significant differences were found in body mass index (BMI) (21.99 ± 2.61 vs. 22.33 ± 2.81), balance right (31.09 ± 28.68 vs. 49.48 ± 37.03), balance left (34.30 ± 31.53 vs. 52.35 ± 42.18), T-test (12.68 ± .72 vs. 12.36 ± .46), medicine ball chest pass (337.88 ± 28.45 vs. 314.52 ± 32.32), and modified pull up (13.20 ± 5.29 vs. 11.36 ± 3.46). There were no significant differences in sit and reach (50.70 ± 7.23 vs. 50.80 ± 7.66), vertical jump max (18.10 ± 2.34 vs. 18.22 ± 1.84), and repeated vertical jump (16.62 ± 2.18 vs. 16.46 ± 1.55). Subjects that had lower levels of fitness at baseline improved more than those who were more fit at baseline. It was concluded that the training program was effective in producing changes in performance measures

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