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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Sport Sciences

First Advisor

John G. Boelter

First Committee Member

Margaret E. Ciccolella

Second Committee Member

J. Connor Sutton


The problem of the study was to determine the better predictors of sprint performance for male and female sprinters from selected leg power and isokinetic strength tests. Ten male and five female sprinters volunteered to be measured for vertical jump performance, anaerobic power and capacity, peak isokinetic torque at the hip, knee, and ankle joint, and sprint performance. A forward stepwise multiple regression analysis was performed to allow selection from all strength and power variables regressed on the dependent variables of 30 meters, 60 meters, and flying 30 meter sprints. This procedure allowed one to examine the contribution of each predictor variable to the regression model. Only the independent variables that elicited a regression equation significant at the .05 level were used in final regression models. The regression models developed for the males were: 30 meters (crouch start) = 6.115 - .083(anaerobic power) - .055(vertical jump) - .044(plantarflex 120"/s) - .022(knee flex 60'/s); 60 meters (crouch start) = 11.111 - .145(vertical jump) - .086 (anaerobic power) - .172(hip flex 300'/s) - .098(knee flex 60'/s); and 30 meters (flying start) = 4.295- .055(anaerobic power) - .312(knee flex 180'/s) - .090(hip flex 300'/s). The regression models for the women were different than the males and were: 30 meters (crouch start) = 9.530 - .346(vertical jump); 60 meters (crouch start) = 18.083- .686(vertical jump); and 30 meters (flying start) = 8.733- .352(vertical jump) . By knowledge of the variance of the better strength and power measures, 83.2% to 98.0% of the variance of the respective sprint tests were explained. The regression models could allow for the identification of potential sprint performers and the development of optimal sprint training program.



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