Date of Award

8-2014

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Dr. Timothy J. Michael

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael G. Miller

Third Advisor

Dr. Carol Weideman

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of various warm-up methods on Wingate Anaerobic Test (WAnT) performance. The goal of this study was to investigate how a general cycling warm-up, a dynamic stretching routine, a static stretching routine, and the combination of both static stretching followed by cycling and dynamic stretching followed by cycling affect WAnT performance. Ten recreationally active subjects (5 males, 5 females), completed five WAnT on a Monark Ergomedic 984E cycle separated by at least 48 hours. Subjects were randomly assigned to an order of conditions and performed a different condition prior to each WAnT. The warm-up protocols consisted of static stretching protocol, dynamic stretching protocol, a cycling protocol, and the combination of both static stretching followed by cycling and dynamic stretching followed by cycling. Peak anaerobic power, mean anaerobic power, power drop, and percent fatigue were calculated following the completion of all five conditions. No significant (p > 0.05) statistical differences were found among the five conditions for any of the four measurements. In conclusion, various stretching and active warm-up methods prior to the WAnT did not increase or inhibit performance.

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