About the Study

Post-activation performance enhancement (PAPE) is a novel phenomenon characterised by a short-term increase in athletic performance following high intensity loading (i.e. >80% 1 RM back-squat). While the benefits of this phenomena are clear, there is currently no practical method of inducing the PAPE effect pre-competition in elite and sub elite sports. This study aims to investigate the effects of a portable squatting device, the inertia flywheel on the PAPE effect. You will be required to perform basic movements (e.g., squat and jump) at a high intensity in each session (a total of 6 sessions).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Gender: any
  • Age: 18-35 yrs
  • Location: University of South Australia, City East Campus

Other criteria

  • Play an ‘explosive sport’ (i.e. basketball, football, soccer, volleyball etc.)
  • Be free from injury
  • Have > 6 months resistance training history
  • Be familiar with the squat movement (capable of passing a squat functional movement screen).


There are 2 studies you may participate in relating to this project, for each study a $100 honorarium may be won with the winner selected at random. Additionally, you may receive a report on your performance in the study to use in your own training interests.

Contact details

If you are interested in participating or would like more information about the study, please email:  unisa.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au or phone (08) 8302 1365.

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics Protocol 203302)