This study examined and evaluated the effectiveness of the Medicine Ball Super Arms protocol in improving college athletes’ performance in the National Football League's (NFL) 225-lb repetition-to-failure bench press test, and identified a new training method for increasing upper body strength and endurance. The selected sample of 52 fully enrolled football student athletes from a sub-bowl championship Division One National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member institution was divided into test and control groups of 26 athletes each. The test group trained on the Medicine Ball Super Arms Protocol, whereas the control group followed the standard training of the school’s football program. The Super Arms protocol was found to be a viable exercise tool that produced a 5.2% increase in athletes’ performances in the NFL’s 225-lb repetition-to-failure bench press test. This study identified the Medicine Ball Super Arms Protocol as a new training method for increasing upper body strength and endurance, adding to research in fitness, strength, and conditioning. The Medicine Ball Super Arms Protocol offers budget constrained schools an economically viable and cost-effective training alternative for their football athletes. Statistical analysis indicated positive relationships between use of the Super Arms protocol and increased performance in the NFL bench press test and between an exercise in an unstable environment and a similar exercise in a stable environment.
|Commitee:||Beazley, Jackson, Jackson, Edgar N.|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 70/02, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Athlete performance, Bench press, Football, Medicine ball, National Football League, Stabilization limited training, Super Arms|
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