Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Health, Physical Education and Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. Kris Berg

Second Advisor

Dr. Larry Stephens

Third Advisor

Dr. Larry Albertson


Coaches and physical educators are constantly searching for ways to improve individual performance. New training techniques are introduced every season. Weighted belts, bests, ankle and wrist straps, and weighted balls and bats are techniques used by many coaches. These training techniques are often referred to as overload training because the athletes wear weights on their bodies or use heavier than regulation weight equipment to provide resistance (overload) as they practice a specific range of motion. Among the expected benefits are increased in the specific performance variables of strength, power, accuracy, and speed, which may in turn boost overall athletic performance.


A Thesis Presented to the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha. In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Physical Education. Copyright 1981, June Nutter.