Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


In the past several years, the use of progressive resistance exercises has increased to the point where it is widely accepted as one of the best methods of increasing strength. The popularization of such exercises has brought about the establishment of weight training programs by football coaches for the purpose of increasing strength between seasons. To effectively increase strength through such exercises, proper methods must be maintained. The use of improper methods of exercise may result in an increase in endurance, where an increase in strength is desired. Weight training is an ideal form of exercise for the development of strength as it is designed to provide increased resistance and thus develop strength. In recent years, much has been written about the benefits of progressive resistance exercises. As a result of such studies, many football coaches have turned to these exercises as a means of meeting the needs of participants in the football off-season. The author attempted, in this study, to ascertain by measurement whether a program of this type actually increases strength or affects flexibility significantly. It is the author’s hypothesis that a systemized weight training program will increase body strength with no reduction in trunk flexibility.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Physical education and training
Weight lifting


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South Dakota State University