Brian Neal

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Edgar Pierce

Degree Award Date

Fall 2004


Progressive Relaxation, Arousal, Muscle Power, strength performance, power performance, weight lifters


Sports Sciences


The purpose of this study was to investigate the psychological and physiological effects of progressive relaxation and arousal on an athlete's muscle power as compared to a control protocol dependent on these variables for the successful execution of their performance. It was hypothesized that progressive relaxation would lead to a significant decrease in muscle power and a significant increase in arousal conditions as compared to control conditions.