2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Determining Effectiveness of Bench Press Equations in Female Athletes
Melissa A. Linden* and Rebecca A. Kudrna
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

Anthropometric data can be used to predict maximum bench press in males to a greater degree than in females. The purpose of this study was to determine if similar prediction equations can be created for females and to examine differences between genders in these equations. Collegiate soccer, basketball, track, football, and wrestling athletes (F=74, M=64) participated in this study. Anthropometric data and a maximal bench press were recorded. A discriminate function analysis indicated that percent fat, lean body mass, and arm cross-sectional area maximally discriminated between genders. A multiple regression analysis indicated that these three factors significantly predicted bench press strength (R =0.957). The large standard error of estimate (12.8 kg.) indicated that the coefficient of variability for males (10.3%) was substantially lower than for females (24.6%). This indicates that anthropometric predictions in strength may be more accurate in male athletes than female athletes.

Keywords: bench press, prediction equations

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 5-1
Location: VH 1000
Time: 10:15

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