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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Exercise Science: M.S.




School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

David Bacharach

Second Advisor

Glenn Street

Third Advisor

John Hoover

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Performance coaches have been concerned with methods of training to improve rate of force development since the realization of its importance in performance. This study examined the effects of the antagonistic facilitated specialized method and oscillatory training method effects to improve rate of force development specific to sport requirements and reduce unnecessary levels of antagonist muscle co-activation. Thirty-two subjects completed an eighteen week training program in which the first fifteen weeks of training were identical between the two training groups. In the Final three weeks of the program subjects were split into two groups. One group followed the peaking method as laid out in this study; while the other followed a more typical training method used in today’s coaching methods. The changes in rate of force development were then measured between the two training groups. Neither group showed significant changes in their rate of force development. However, the peaking group did approach statistical significance (p=0.08) with their average rate of force production pre and post-training being 1389+504 lb/sec. and 1769+647 lb/sec., respectively. The power group remained statistically insignificant (p=0.40) with an average rate of force production pre and post training being 844+448 lb/sec. and 1071+420 lb/sec., respectively. Although the results of this study showed no significant improvements in rate of force development due to training, a trend towards significance can be seen in the final jump within the peaking group while the power group did not approach a significant value. This shows some potential for the antagonist facilitated specialized method and the oscillatory method to improve rate of force development to a greater extent than other methods used in a typical strength training model.



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