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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)


Kinesiology and Sport Studies

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Michael H. Stone

Committee Members

Christopher A. Ayres, G. Gregory Haff, Michael W. Ramsey


The purpose of this study was to identify the anthropometric, strength, and power characteristics that best predict throwing performance. Seventeen male D-I throwers (age = 19.1 ± 1.2 y; body mass = 115.1 ± 15.3 kg; height = 1.85 ± 0.06 m) were assessed for maximum strength and power. A five variable linear regression (r = 0.94, r2 = 0.88, F(5,11) = 15.89, p < 0.001, SEE = 0.68) explained 88% of the variation in shot put (SP) performance. A five variable linear regression (r = 0.91, r2 = 0.83, F(5,11) = 10.509, p = 0.001, SEE = 1.18) explained 83% of the variation in weight throw (WT) performance. Both SP and WT correlated strongly with measures of explosive strength and power (r = 0.48-0.78). Best predictors of performance were static vertical jumps and 7.26 kilogram overhead shot throw; better throwers possess greater maximum strength and power.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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