Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)


Kinesiology and Sport Studies

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Michael H. Stone

Committee Members

Michael W. Ramsey, G. Gregory Haff, Christopher A. Ayres


Recently, comparisons of "periodized" strength training methods have become a focus of sport science. Daily undulating periodization (DUP), using daily alterations in repetitions, has been developed and touted as a superior method of training. The purpose of this study is to compare traditional periodization (TRA) to DUP in Division I track and field athletes. Thirty-one athletes were assigned to either a TRA or the DUP group training programs based on sex, year, and event. Training lasted 10 weeks. There were 4 testing sessions focusing on strength characteristics. Although, trends favored the TRA group for strength and rate of force development, no significant differences were found between the groups. Significant differences (p≤0.05) in volume and the amount of improvement per volume load were found to be significantly different (p≤0.05) between the TRA and DUP groups. These data indicate that TRA is more efficient in producing strength gains than DUP.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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