Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)


Sport Physiology and Performance

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Michael Stone

Committee Members

Satoshi Mizuguchi, Michael Ramsey, Kevin Carroll


The purpose of this study was to observe physiological metrics relative to training-induced adaptations in conjunction with laboratory- and competition-based performances in a super-heavyweight weightlifter recovering from a meniscus injury. A retrospective analysis was conducted on a collegiate level male weightlifter (23.2 yrs; 131.9 kg; 187.3 cm) over the course of 21-weeks post-meniscus surgery. Body mass, body fat percentage, hydration status, vastus lateralis muscle cross-sectional area, jump performance, and isometric midthigh pull were regularly assessed as part of an ongoing athlete monitoring program. Pre-injury baseline (T0) measurements were collected relative to a major national competition (COMP1). Post-injury measurements took place at the end of sequential training blocks: strength-endurance training block 1 (T1), basic strength block 2 (T2), and transmutation block 3 (T3). The final measurement session (T4) was conducted three-days post-local competition (COMP2). Only statistically significant increases were observed from T0-T4 for muscle CSA (p=0.0367), isometric peak force (pp=0.0367), and rate of force development at 250ms (p=.0367). While non-significant changes were observed for jumping performance, jump height and net impulse did, however, return to baseline. Competition based performances also showed marked improvements from pre-to-post injury via an increase in weightlifting total (3.2%∆, +9kg) and Sinclair score (1.8%∆, +5.3au). Thus, based on these findings, implementing an evidence-based training program along with a sound athlete monitoring protocol can aid with reducing an athlete’s return-to-train timeline while improving physiological, laboratory- and competition-based performance outcomes.

Document Type

Dissertation - embargo


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