Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Mr Michael Newton

Second Advisor

Dr Paul Sacco


Resistance training is a highly utilised form of exercise that is used to develop strength, power, speed and muscular endurance. Although it is associated with many positive benefits it also has some potentially unfavourable effects. These are manifested in the form of altered muscle function through the effects of muscle fatigue and exercise induced muscle damage. Various aspects muscle fatigue and damage have been well studied, however research into the effects of these on tests of strength, power, acceleration and agility is sparse. Therefore the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a heavy resistance intervention on the recovery of the above measures of performance. Performance of these parameters were examined through the application of functional .performance measures such as maximal voluntary isometric strength, vertical jump height, standing broad jump, 10m sprinting speed, and the Illinois Agility run. The subjects were recreationally active, but non•resistance trained, males between the age of 18 and 45. The subjects completed 10 testing sessions, four on the day of the heavy resistance intervention (prior, immediately post, 2 and 6 hours post) and 2 measurements taken 3 hours apart for the following 3 days. Results analysed via a one•way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with repeated measures, and simple contrasts to baseline were used to identify any significant relationships. Statistical significance was set at p