Post-Activation Potentiation in Runners: An Unexplored Pathway to the Podium

Marathon runners' legs.

Investigate a hidden strategy that may acutely enhance run performance. 

Project description

Post-activation potentiation (PAP) has been shown to improve anaerobic performance (e.g., vertical jump, sprinting, etc.). However, very little is known about how PAP influences aerobic performance. We are examining whether PAP improves middle distance running performance and determinants thereof. 

Project outcome

Students will present the data at the School of Public Health and Health Professions Perry Poster Day and/or a regional or national conference. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months) 
Start time
Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration Small group project (2-3 students) 
Academic credit; the faculty mentor will assist with scholarship or grant applications related to the project.
Who is eligible Juniors and seniors 
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Project mentor

J. Luke Pryor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

201 Kimball

Phone: (716) 829-5433



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Preparation guidance

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