A series of investigations into the effect of strength level on muscular power in athletic movements

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Faculty of Computing, Health and Sciences

First Advisor

Professor Rob Newton

Second Advisor

Dr Mike McGuigan


Experiment 1: To determine if the magnitude of improvements in athletic performance and the mechanisms driving these adaptations differ in relatively weak individuals exposed to either ballistic power training or heavy strength training.

Experiment 2: To determine if the magnitude of performance improvements and the mechanisms driving adaptation to ballistic power training differ between strong and weak individuals.

Experiment 3: To determine if ballistic power training and heavy strength training result in specific changes to power absorption (i.e. power generated during the eccentric phase) and production (i.e. power generated during the concentric phase) and if so, whether these changes are influenced by the individual‟s strength level. An additional purpose was to assess whether potential training induced changes in power absorption and production are influenced by alterations to factors commonly associated with SSC function (i.e. rate and magnitude of stretch, time of movement).

LCSH Subject Headings

Muscle strength -- Testing

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