2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Comparison of Muscular Strength between Backs and Linemen in College Football in Relation to their Position 


Jordan A. Lewis* and Catherine M. Grace
Dr. Jerry Mayhew and Mr. Jeramey Dockery (Truman Athletics), Faculty Mentors

Football players differ in strength and relative body size based on their position.  The purpose of this study was to compare the difference in physical characteristics like height and weight, as well as, performance characteristics like strength between backs and linemen in college football.  Sixty-six players (41 backs and 25 linemen) preformed one-repetition maximums for bench press (BP) and squat (SQ).  Comparison of absolute strength in relation to position was conducted through One-way ANOVA Post hoc- Tukey test.  In each factor tested, the means for linemen were greater than those of the backs.  From the findings of the data for mean height, weight, bench and squat, there is a significant difference between linemen and backs with a p value of p<0.001 in all except for age. Data followed the typical conclusion that lineman’s have a greater strength than backs.

Keywords: Football, Linemen and Backs, Physical Characteristics , Performance Characteristics , Strength , Comparison of strength relative to position, ANOVA

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 5-3
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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