Final project/thesis

A page within Human Performance

Going further, doing more

Suspension of admission to the programs

The Exercise and Sport Science department is not currently accepting applications to its Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science - Human Performance graduate program. 

Please contact the Graduate Program Director for more information regarding the program.

A thesis is optional in the Masters of Exercise Science: Human Performance

Students that are interested in research have 2 options: They may do a thesis project or an independent study. It is recommended that any student that is considering continuing on for a Ph.D. seriously consider doing a thesis to prepare them for future work at the doctoral level. 

Recent research done by graduate students in the Graduate Program in Human Performance:

  • The effects of running volume in training on muscle damage, muscle soreness, and recovery after a marathon: An observational study
  • The effects of training load on indicators of recovery and injury occurrence in collegiate women volleyball players
  • Acute effects of an arginine-based supplement on metabolic, ventilatory, and electromyographic indicators of fatigue
  • Accuracy of predicting ventilatory threshold by breathing rate during graded exercise testing using Zephyr Bioharness
  • Physiological responses of tennis players to four different methods of running repeated 80 meter sprints with varying number of 1800 changes of  direction
  • Development of a non-motorized treadmill anaerobic power and capacity test
  • The effect of moderate exercise induced dehydration on cognitive performance on the ImPACT test in collegiate wrestlers
  • Development of a wrestling specific conditioning test using weighted sandbags
  • Comparison of the power development between the hang clean, hang jump-shrug, and hang high pull exercises
  • The Role of Fatigue in Power Training of College Gymnasts 
  • Is the isometric mid-thigh pull a good test to monitor dynamic measures of lower body strength and power training?
  • The Effects of Kinesio® Tape on Strength and Activation of the Middle Deltoid Muscle                      
  • Predicting lower body power from vertical jump prediction equations for loaded jump squats
  • Gluteal activation and jump performance                               
  • Evaluating the relationship between swimming power and 50 m freestyle performance
  • Determining the reliability and validity of the basketball lane agility test
  • Effects of hip abductor fatigue on single leg landing mechanics     
  • Upper body muscular strength ratio and development of power  
  • Effects of a sports performance training program on adolescent athletes.                                                               
  • Effects of Beta alanine supplementation on sprint endurance
  • Comparison of blood ammonia and lactate response to different squat protocols
  • The effects of creatine supplementation on repeat sprint running power 
  • The effects of beta alanine on repeat sprint performance               
  • The effects of static stretching on throwing velocity and accuracy in collegiate baseball players   
  • Effect of Static Stretching, Dynamic Stretching& Warm-up on Range of Motion & Vert. Jump
  • Placebo effect in sprint performance                        
  • The effect of training pattern on performance in swimming                                           
  • Anthropometrics and Running Economy
  • The effects of warm-up, dynamic, and static stretching on power, agility and acceleration
  • Rapidity of sensing metabolic disturbances during hypoxic exercise
  • A comparison between back squat exercise and vertical jump kinematics: Implications for diagnosing ACL injury risk