Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Health and Physical Education

First Advisor

Robert E. Alman II, D.Ed.

Second Advisor

Madeline Paternostro Bayles, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Mark A. Sloniger, Ph.D.


Vertical jump is an important component of fitness in competitive sports which could result in the decision of important competitions. The current study compares increases in jump height as a result of a nine week resisted jump (RJ) training or depth jump (DJ) training intervention in equal volumes. Eighteen minimally trained college aged males were recruited and randomly assigned to one of two groups (9 RJ and 9 DJ). Participants were pre and post-tested for vertical jump height via a Vertec. The training groups met twice weekly for their vertical jump training and a strength training program. Results indicate an increase in vertical jump in both training groups ( p=.000). The RJ group's improvement (4.22 inches SD=.667) was significantly greater than the DJ group's improvement (2.89 inches, SD=.697) (p=.001, SD=.321). These findings suggest in a longer training intervention, RJ training has greater benefits in improving vertical jump than DJ training.