2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Comparison of Traditional and Functional Strength Testing
Gary A. Janesko
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

Athletes from all the different kinds of sports require some sort of strength training to increase their performance. Over the years, the most popular way to strength train for these athletes has been the traditional approach. Advances in the understanding of athletic development and research into various other types of strength training have shown that functional strength training is another viable option. The performance in three traditional and three functional upper body strength tests of 19 collegiate level wrestlers was recorded. The mean (SD) age, height, and bodyweight of the participants was 20.0 (1.3) years, 68.8 (3.0) inches, and 169.4 (29.6) pounds, respectively. There was no correlation found between functional and traditional strength testing, possibly showing that these exercises work the same muscle groups but not the same systems.

Keywords: bodyweight, strength, functional, traditional, athlete, athletic development, strength training

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-10
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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