Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a constant work load isometric exercise program on arterial blood pressure and pulse rate. A secondary purpose was to determine the recovery time of the two factors mentioned above. Nine male freshmen students at South Dakota State University volunteered to take part in the study conducted over a six week period during the spring semester of the 1965-66 school year. Each subject participated daily in an isometric exercise program which consisted of nine exercises predetermined by the investigator. Arterial blood pressure and pulse rate readings were recorded daily for each subject, before and after the exercise. Subjects were tested for twenty-nine sessions during the six week period. Individual means increases or decreases were calculated for arterial blood pressure and pulse rate for the twenty-nine bout exercise program. Individual mean recovery timed for arterial blood pressure and pulse rate of individuals. No statistical analysis was applied to the data recorded for each individual subject.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Blood pressure




South Dakota State University