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MA (Master of Arts)
Kinesiology and Sport Studies
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Hugh S. Lamont
Michael W. Ramsey, G. Gregory Haff, Kimitake Sato
The purpose of the study was to determine anthropometric characteristics that may affect deadlift performance. Fourteen powerlifters performed isometric pulls on a force plate at 3 key positions of the deadlift (at the floor, just above the patella, and 5-6 cm short of lockout) and the mid-thigh pull (MTP). RM ANOVA revealed that forces generated at each bar height differed significantly (F(3,39) = 51.058, p<0.05). Discriminant analysis was able to classify lifters into "stronger" and "weaker" groups with 100% accuracy using measured anthropometric dimensions. Stepwise discriminant analysis revealed that height to body mass ratio was important in differentiating performance in all positions but lockout. Segment and various measures of height were also important in discriminating performance in the knee, lockout, and MTP positions. Results of this analysis should provide some insight to the anthropometric dimensions that are related to success in various phases of the deadlift.
Thesis - Campus Only
Beckham, George Kenneth, "Physical and Anthropometric Factors Influencing the Isometric Strength in Key Positions of the Conventional Deadlift in Powerlifters" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1470. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1470
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