Graduation Date

Fall 2017

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Exercise Science

Committee Chair Name

Young Sub Kwon

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Tina Manos

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Andrew Petersen

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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Resistance training (RT) is effective for improving athletic performance, with specific training loads and volumes dictating the adaptations. A warm-up is necessary to safely and effectively engage in RT: typically with a low intensity aerobic activity, stretching, and movement specific potentiating exercises. Post-activation potentiation (PAP) acutely increases muscular power following a conditioning contraction, though limited research has assessed its use for RT. The purpose of this study was to assess how a PAP warm-up protocol affects volume, rating of perceived exertion (RPE), and peak velocity and power with 75%1RM in the barbell parallel back squat (PBS) exercise across 4 sets. With 26 resistance-trained college aged males, significant differences between sets were found only for repetitions (p < 0.01) and RPE (p < 0.01). A significant interaction effect was found only between interventions and repetitions; only the first sets were significantly different (p = 0.045). These findings suggest a PAP warm-up may increase volume in only 1 set to volitional fatigue. However, the 2.8% increase in volume across all 4 sets could be significant for practical applications in a training program.

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