2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Relationship of Various Anatomical Dimensions to Flutter Kick Performance
Chris L. Brammer
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationships between selected anthropometric dimensions and flutter kick performance. Seven anthropometric measures of collegiate swimmers (15 M, 23 F) at a rural Midwestern university were determined prior to field testing. Average kick velocity was determined from the mean of 8 repetitions of 50 yards maximal flutter kick performances. Independent samples t-test show men and women were not significantly different in kick velocity (p = 0.45). Highest zero-order correlations with flutter kick were calf circumference (r = 0.50), ankle extension (r = 0.43), and thigh:calf circumference ratio (r = 0.37). A stepwise regression analysis selected four items that best predict flutter kick velocity. It was concluded that the combination of several anthropometric dimensions may account for as much as 55% of the variance of flutter kick time.

Keywords: flutter kick, swimming

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 48-1
Location: VH 1000
Time: 2:45

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