2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Relationship of Skinfolds to Mens and Womens Standardized Track Performance Scores
John P. Venner
Dr. Jerry Mayhew and Mr. Timothy Schwegler, Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between various skinfold measurements and standardized track performance scores. Male (n = 7) and female (n = 7) collegiate distance runners were assessed for 7 skinfolds on 3 occasions during the indoor and outdoor season. Triceps, thigh, and calf skinfolds were summed to represent limb values; subscapular, suprailiac, and abdominal skinfolds were summed to represent trunk values. Track performance times were converted to standardized point scores to allow comparison for different run distances. Correlations of skinfold sums with gender held constant were higher for indoor run performance (r = -0.65 to -0.73) than for outdoor performances (r = -0.45 and -0.62). The correlations with performance were comparable for limb sum and trunk sum. In collegiate truck runner, the lower the skinfold sums for limb or trunk, the better the standardized score for running performance.

Keywords: Skin Folds, Running Performance

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 9-11
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 4:30

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