To Investigate Understanding And Knowledge Of The Design And Application Of Resistance Training Using Weights: A Quantitative Study In A Student Population
(2013) To Investigate Understanding And Knowledge Of The Design And Application Of Resistance Training Using Weights: A Quantitative Study In A Student Population, no. 136.
Background In today's society, health-related influences have contributed to the surge in popularity surrounding the positive effects of strength training. Such evidence has contributed towards the growing popularity of resistance training over the last two decades. However, there is a distinct lack of empirical evidence concerning the individuals' current knowledge regarding the design and implementation of resistance training programmes, together with how they acquire their information in the first place. Hence, the focus of this research is on how this knowledge is acquired as well as the students' current knowledge of resistance training programmes design. Method The research methods consisted of an in-depth review of relevant literature and the collection and analysis of empirical data. The latter is based on the findings of a self- completed "weight training" questionnaire, which was completed by the students' (N=40) of Queen Margaret University who perform resistance training. Thematic analysis allowed for the researcher to quantitatively analyse data, while incorporating open-ended measures, so that individuals' could elaborate on their ideas and share perspectives. Results This research study produced a number of key findings related to how individuals acquire their knowledge of resistance training, and how they apply it to their resistance training programme design. The findings suggest that individuals acquire their knowledge of resistance training through experience and by using a variety of resources. For the most part, individuals have a basic knowledge of the effects of weight training on the body. However, individuals' seek advice when they lack understanding, and follow well-established resistance training guidelines. Conclusion The findings from this study have generated new insight into the knowledge and understanding that students' have regarding resistance training, which could be of interest to individuals' who weight train. However, further literature detailing the individuals' fundamental understanding of resistance training and its application into their respective programme design, is required. Recommendation There is a need for empirical evidence which details the individuals' approach to accessing information about resistance training. This would provide an insight into the acquisition and development of knowledge related to resistance training programme design.