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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Kinesiology and Sport Studies

Date of Award

8-2013

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dr. Kimitake Sato

Committee Members

Dr. Hugh Lamont, Dr. William Sands, Dr. Michael Ramsey

Abstract

Soccer players change direction repeatedly throughout a game, making agility an important component of their performance. The purpose of this project was to identify how anatomical and physical characteristics influence agility performance among soccer players. The influences of anthropometry, strength, and power on agility performance in soccer players were investigated. The participants were NCAA Division I soccer players (N = 65). Anthropometric measures included height, body mass, percent body fat, lean body mass. Strength was evaluated using an isometric mid-thigh pull, and power was measured by vertical jumps. In correlation analysis, agility performance showed a statistically significant correlation (p<0.05) with peak power (PP) from 0kg and 20kg counter-movement jumps (r=-.379 & r=-.364 respectively) for the male players. Also for the males, percent body fat showed significant correlations (p<0.05) with Average 2 (r=-.438), 3 (r=-.411), and All (r=-.436). I conclude that the anthropometric measures evaluated have little influence on agility performance.

Document Type

Thesis - Campus Only

Copyright

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