Post-activation potentiation (PAP) has been shown to improve acute power-based performance, and the potential to enhance rowing performance. To examine PAP effects with rowing performance, 40 collegiate female rowers performed isometric potentiating (ISO), dynamic potentiating (DYN) and typical control (CON) warm-up protocols, after which they completed a three-minute all-out test (3MT) to evaluate their total distance, peak power, mean power, critical power, anaerobic working capacity (W') and stroke rate. Fifteen-second splits for distance and mean power were also analyzed. The PAP protocols were performed on a rowing ergometer, in a movement pattern that simulated rowing. ISO consisted of 5 × 5-second static muscle actions with the ergometer handle rendered immovable with a nylon boat-strap, while DYN consisted of 2 × 10-second all-out rowing bouts, separated by a 2-minute rest interval. A two-way (condition by experience level) interaction was found for distance, mean power and W' with significant differences (DYN > CON; 5.6 m, 5.9W and 1561.6 J) for more experienced rowers ( > 3.75 years; n=19) and no differences for less experienced rowers (n=18). A main effect for stroke rate was found with DYN > CON (1 s/min). Split analysis of mean power output revealed a two-way (condition by 15s split) interaction independent from experience level. Mean power in DYN was significantly greater than CON and ISO in the 15-30, 30-45, 45-60 and 60-75 second intervals. These results suggest that dynamic PAP may be beneficial for experienced rowers and that these strategies might benefit a greater power output over shorter distances regardless of experience. Future studies should investigate potential benefits of this protocol over a full race distance and identify the difference between experienced and less experienced rowers.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Health Professions and Sciences
School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy
Sport and Exercise Science
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Harat, Idan, "The Effects of Dynamic Versus Isometric Postactivation Potentiation on Collegiate Female Rowers" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6357.