Kaylee McMillian, Kathryn Weaver. Montreat College, Montreat, NC.

BACKGROUND: This study encompasses observing the effects of Fartlek training on collegiate volleyball players’ performance when paired with their existing exercise regimens. Fartlek training is a common technique used to increase power. This training involves a constant run-in which periods of faster runs are mixed with periods of easy cardio work. My partner and I suspected that the training would increase the athletes’ block and approach height, increase their endurance and speed. We believed this due to these athletes adding training in their program that works more on increasing their power, which will help the athletes get to balls quicker and jump higher. METHODS: Four collegiate Volleyball players (19 ± 1.41 years) will be selected from the volleyball team to participate in this training for four weeks in addition to post season training. Post season training includes resistance training three times a week and agility training twice a week. Players will engage in the Fartlek program along with existing workouts twice a week for four to five weeks. A typical Fartlek interval training session consists of approximately six sprinting intervals, with walking in between each sprint, fulfilling a fifteen-minute period twice a week. Initial testing will include a twenty-five second sprint drill, a sweet sixteen sprint drill, block jump height, as well as approach jump height. Following these tests, the athletes will engage in their daily training program along with the interval training program. Post training testing will occur at the end of the Fartlek program. ANTICIPATED RESULTS: We suspect that each athlete will increase sprint drill times, be quicker on the court and be able to play for longer period of times verses the other collegiate volleyball players who did not participate in the training. Improvements in the sprint drill, sweet sixteen drill, and jump heights are also anticipated.

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