Date of Award

Spring 4-23-2021

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Kinesiology and Sport Management

First Advisor

Andrea Powell

Second Advisor

Clete McLeod

Third Advisor

Brooke Poppe


dance, resistance training, strength and conditioning

Subject Categories

Biomechanics | Dance | Exercise Science | Other Kinesiology | Sports Sciences


The focus of this thesis is on developing an annual resistance training plan for collegiate dance with no test subjects. This project provides biomechanical, physiological, and injury analysis of collegiate dance. Based on the analysis, a research-based, linear resistance training program for the University of South Dakota Dance Team was created. The resistance training program follows basic strength and conditioning principles including specificity, overload, and periodization. Additionally, exercise selection, order, volume, and intensity were prescribed based on standards set forth by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Generally, from off-season to in-season, exercises moved from general to specific, along with adjustments to volume and intensity. The off-season begins with high volume/low intensity and shifts to low volume/high intensity for in-season training. This project can provide guidance for strength and conditioning and dance coaches who want to implement a resistance training program with their dance team.



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