Date of Award

Summer 2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Human Movement Sciences

Committee Director

David Branch

Committee Member

David Swain

Committee Member

Laura Hill

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of ammonia as a stimulant on athletic performance during a deadlift one maximal repetition (1-RM) absolute strength test. It was hypothesized that ammonia inhalation would result in a larger 1-RM, possibly due to immediate catecholamine release attributed to the fight-or-flight response. If proven effective, ammonia inhalation would present an option to increase power and strength performance during training and competition based on an acute manipulation of natural occurring hormones, eliminating the side effects attributed to other supplementation methods. Subjects (n = 10 males, X±SD age = 21±1 years, mass = 72.5±6.8 kg; n = 10 female, age = 22±5 years, mass = 66.2±8.1 kg) were required to have at least two years of resistance training experience while lacking a history of asthma, lightheadedness, fainting, anaphylaxis, sickle cell traits, and other respiratory disorders. After a baseline 1-RM test, subjects were paired by 1-RM performance and gender, then randomly assigned in a counterbalanced treatment order to control/blinding water or ammonia trials after a minimum 72-hour recovery period for another 1-RM test involving attempts at 100%, 102.5%, 105%, and 107.5% of the established 1-RM value. Testing was then repeated after the minimum rest period for the remaining trial. Results revealed the expected sex main effect for dead lift 1-RM (93.0±29.5 [females]; 152.0±29.5 kg [males] (1,18F = 20.09, p

ISBN

9781339723471

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