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Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)
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Thesis (open access)
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Department of Health and Kinesiology
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Purpose: To determine if a relationship exists between core stability related measures (CSRM) and total cheer performance (TCP); including tumbling, jumping, and stunting. Secondly, to determine if TCP can be predicted by these CSRM.
Methods: Fifty female competitive cheerleading bases aged 10-18 from various all-star cheer programs in the southeastern region of the United States were included. Participants filled out a current health status questionnaire prior to participation. The CSRM included the timed sit-up test, trunk extensor endurance test, trunk flexion to extension range of motion, dominant limb single leg stance test, and normalized to height dominant limb single leg hop distance. Performance measures included a standing back tuck, a running tumbling dismount, a toe-touch, and a base skill assessment. The CSRM were tested during one session and tumbling and jump performance was video recorded during a separate session. Pearson’s product-moment correlations were used to examine the relationship between CSRM and TCP, multiple regressions were run to predict TCP, and independent t-tests were run to discriminate top performers from bottom performers.
Results: Significant correlations were present between TCP and gymnastics experience, normalized hop distance, and timed sit-up test. Backward regression analysis revealed a prediction equation for TCP including the normalized hop distance, dominant limb single leg stance test, and timed sit-up test, with an adjusted R2 of 0.47 ± 2.77. Independent t-tests revealed significantly greater scores of top performers in timed sit-up test, dominant limb single leg hop distance, and normalized hop distance compared to bottom scoring performers.
Conclusions: Three CSRM can predict about half of performance in adolescent competitive cheerleaders. Future research should aim to extend methods utilized in this study to various sports.
Leitz, Rachel S., "The Relationship Between Core Stability Related Measures and Performance in Adolescent All-Star Cheerleaders" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1266.