Date Approved

4-13-2020

Embargo Period

4-14-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. Athletic Training

Department

Health and Exercise Science

College

School of Health Professions

First Advisor

Uygur, Mehmet

Second Advisor

Sterner, Robert

Third Advisor

Klein, Dylan

Subject(s)

Plyometrics

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Sports Sciences

Abstract

Plyometric training is commonly employed by athletic trainers, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches, especially for those athletes who require quickness, agility, and high vertical jump performance. It is well documented in its ability to increase these aspects of performance.(12, 14, 16, 20) There are many proposed mechanisms in place which attempt to explain why it is so effective, however, many of the proposed mechanisms are still theoretical. The purpose of this study is to examine some of those proposed mechanisms that drive the success of plyometric training. This project investigates the neurological effects of plyometric training by examining the stretch reflex response and the rates of force development and relaxation in recreationally active college aged subjects. The mechanisms of interest in this study include the stretch reflex response and the rate of force development and relaxation. With an enhanced understanding of the neurological adaptations caused by plyometric training, more efficient and effective protocols may be adopted into common practice.

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