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College athletes--Iowa--Cedar Falls; Football players--Iowa--Cedar Falls; Physical education and training--Iowa--Cedar Falls; University of Northern Iowa--Football;


Seventy National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division-I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) male student-athletes from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) were observed during a lengthy in-season period to monitor the possible effects of compliance on self-selected training intensity. All subjects performed identical training focused on increasing strength, power, speed and energy-system conditioning before beginning the in-season period. All subjects completed the same training and participated in team practice sessions during the in-season. Context: Successful performance during competition in American football is dependent on the athlete’s level of strength and power development. Off-season training protocols for improving strength and power in college football players have been well documented (Brechue & Mayhew, 2012; Fry & Kraemer, 1991; Hoffman, Kraemer, Fry, Deschenes & Kemp, 1990; Newton & Dugan, 2002; Ware, Clemons, Mayhew & Johnson, 1995). Little research exists on inseason training protocol for Division-I FCS college football players to maintain or improve strength during the competition season. Objective: To determine the effect of in-season compliance on self-selected training intensity in Division-I FCS college football players. Design: Experimental in nature using retrospective data. Participants: A homogeneous sample of 70 Division-I FCS collegiate football players. Methods: Compliance and intensity were assessed during three time periods: time period one, a mandatory in-season lift (enforced by the head coach) week two of the regular season during the bye (off) week, (b) time period two, a mandatory in-season lift week eight of the regular season, and (c) time period three, an optional in-season lift during week fifteen of the regular season during the final playoff game. Measures: Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS software (version 14.0, SPSS, Inc., IL). Results: The repeated measures MANOVA indicated that there was a significant time effect (F(8,48)=2.5, p=0.03). Over the course of the season, C%BS (F(1.19)=72.8, p=0.001) and C%BP (F(1.22)=91.23, p=0.001) significantly changed. Additionally, INTBS significantly changed over time (F(2)=9.6, p=0.001) but there was no significant changes in INTBP (F(1.4)=0.31, p=0.66). The independent t-tests indicated that compliance did not have a significant effect on INTBS for the first (p=0.47) and third (p=0.15) time periods. High compliers chose significantly higher INTBS during the second time period (p=0.002). There were no differences in INTBP between high and low compliers for time period one (p=0.23), two (p=0.56) or three (p=0.60). The lack of a compliance effect prompted a secondary analysis. Subjects were rank ordered by self-selected training intensity for both exercises. Subjects that used intensities >70% of their 1RM were placed into the high self-selected training intensity group and those

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Science


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services


Division of Health Promotion and Education

First Advisor

Susan Roberts-Dobie, Co-Chair

Second Advisor

Robin Lund, Co-Chair

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