Date of Award

10-1-2001

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Camille Wainwright

Abstract

This paper examines the effects of weight training on freshmen women collegiate basketball players. Variables studied included prior experience in weight training for enhancement of athletic ability and the athlete's progression in a collegiate weight training program in preparation for competition. Research literature was reviewed on how weight training benefits fitness, basketball, and women. Data were collected from athlete surveys, interviews and reflections, and observations. Also included were quantitative study of prior, middle, and ending strength testing and vertical jumps. Results indicated that all participants made significant strength gains through the weight training program. Players rated weight training as having a highly positive impact on their athletic ability, even thought their strength measurements declined during the competitive season. Limitations to the study include a small sample size and the lack of follow-through by subjects during the maintenance program.

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