Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis


Massage; Isometric exercise;


The purpose of this study is to determine whether post-exercise massage improves next-day performance on an isometric peak force test after heavy lower body resistance training when compared to a placebo control of ultrasound at zero intensity. This was tested using students at the University of Northern Iowa who had been involved in a resistance training program over the past six months. The importance of this study is that if post-exercise massage improves recovery, even after a difficult resistance training day the athlete will still be able to perform at a high level so resistance training bouts can be more intense each day necessary. Having more intense daily exercise bouts will lead to an increased overall training so over time, more advances in conditioning, skill, and performance can be reached. The results of this study were inconclusive, but revealed a number of suggestions and ideas for future research following the same plan to reveal whether post-exercise massage has a true benefit for next-day performance.

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University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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28 p. : col. ill.



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