2024 Student Research Conference:
37th Annual Student Research Conference

Comparison of leg reaction times between closed and open skill-based sport athletes

Margaret E. Poyser* and Jake A. Mitchell
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

This study aimed to evaluate the leg reaction time of DII athletes across various sports. Athletes were classified based on their sport type as open-skill based (n=18) or closed-skill based (n=8). Reaction time (RT) was recorded using a pressure-sensing mat and an electronic timer. Each athlete performed a set of five trials with maximum, minimum, and average times recorded.  There was no significant different in minimum RT (p=0.83), maximum RT (p=0.83), and average RT (p=0.71)between open-skilled and closed-skilled sports.  The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC=0.83) indicated excellent reliability across trials with a small average standard deviation among trials (0.033 sec).  These results suggest there is no significant difference in RT between open-skill or closed-skill-based sportathletes. Future studies should be conducted using more complex RT tests to determine if different training methods affect athletes’ RT


Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Session: 2-8
Location: SUB Activities Room
Time: 4:30

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