2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Comparison of Hip Abductor and Adductor Strength in the Dominant and Non-Dominant Leg of College-Aged Tennis Players
Nathan R. Arends
Dr. Alex J. Koch, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to determine if strength differences exist between the hip abductor and adductor muscles in the dominant and non-dominant leg of college tennis players. Fifteen tennis players (8 female, 7 male) were tested isometrically for peak force (kg) in the dominant and non-dominant leg using a hand-held dynamometer. No significant differences in peak force (kg) were found between the dominant and non-dominant hip abductors and adductors (F = 2.417, p = 0.081). Mean force values (kg) for each of the positions tested were as follows: DomABD = 17.68, DomADD = 15.828, NonABD = 17.33, NonADD = 15.92. No difference was observed in the ratio of abductor/adductor strength between genders ( p = 0.80). These data indicate strength imbalances between the abductor and adductor muscles of the dominant and non-dominant leg do not exist in either male or female college tennis players.

Keywords: hip, muscles, strength, tennis, dominant, force, leg

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 4-16
Location: SUB-GEO
Time: 4:15

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