Date of Award

12-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science

First Advisor

Hayden D. Gerhart

Second Advisor

Madeline P. Bayles

Third Advisor

Kristi L. Storti

Fourth Advisor

Mark A. Sloniger

Abstract

PURPOSE: Identify current resistance training practices in ultramarathon runners participating in Eastern States 100 and determine the relationship between resistance training practices and pace. METHODS: A resistance training history survey was completed by 44 registered runners and time of arrival was collected at each aid station. RESULTS: Of the 24 finishers, 11 participants resistance trained, and 13 participants did not resistance train. Of the 20 non-finishers, 13 participants resistance trained, and 7 participants did not resistance train. A T-Test demonstrated that within the group of 21 finishers who had complete data, there was no significant difference (p = 0.191) in overall pace or in the last five splits between participants who resistance trained and who did not resistance train. CONCLUSION: This investigation offers insight to resistance training practices of ultramarathon runners and illustrates no significant difference in ultramarathon performance between those who resistance train and those who do not.

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