2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Effects of Competition and Gender on 30-YD Dash in College Men and Women
Kendra D. Kirk*, Tyson J. Lowrance, and Steve B. Mobley
Dr. Jerry Mayhew and Mr. Timothy Schwegler, Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of competition and gender on 30-yd dash time in college men and women. Physically active men (n = 9) and women (n = 9) performed 3 hand-timed 30-yd dashes: an individual sprint, a sprint against a same-gender competitor, and a sprint against an opposite-gender competitor. Following individual trials, competitive trials were randomized and a 5-minute rest was given between trials. There was no significant difference between times against same-gender competitors (men = 4.07 0.19s; women = 4.81 0.15s) and against opposite-gender competitors (men = 4.11 0.19s; women = 4.74 0.39s). Women improved slightly more (4%) with competition than men (0.5%). Competition does not appear to have a significant influence on short sprint time in either men or women.

Keywords: Competition, 30 yard dash, gender, effect

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 4-15
Location: PML
Time: 4:15

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