Gary A. Busch

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physical Education


The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a weight-training program upon selected aspects of pole vaulting. Thirty volunteer male freshman at South Dakota State University enrolled in the basic physical education instruction programs were equated into two groups using the converted scores of the free running speed test, pole carry speed test, and pole carry speed and plant accuracy test. The experimental groups participated in and eight-week weight-training program. The weight-training program consisted of five lifts: arm curls, military presses, heels raisers, leg presses, and dead lifts. Initial and final tests were administered to both groups to determine the effect of the weight-training program upon free running speed, pole carry speed with two varying hand height grips, and pole carry speed and plant accuracy. The findings of this study indicated that the eight-week weight training program as employed did not significantly decrease free running speed, pole carry speed, and pole carry speed and plant accuracy. In the free running speed test between the experimental and control groups, the results indicated a significant decreases in free running speed by the control groups. In all other criterion measures there was no significant decrease in performance.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Weight lifting




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South Dakota State University