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Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)
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Sports participation is associated with adaptations in bone strength that reflects positively on bone mineral density (BMD). Although this participation has been positively associated with increased BMD, there is substantial heterogeneity in the osteogenic response from the various types of physical loading (e.g., gravitational loading, muscle loading) that are within sports. Therefore, the purpose of the current investigation is to determine the most influential predictive factors of BMD using anthropometric and performance-based assessments, as well as to compare BMD values between sports containing components of gravitational loading (GL) and muscle loading (ML) in Division-I female collegiate athletes. The results of this study suggest that the influence of various anthropometric and performance-based factors on BMD in female collegiate athletes, depends on the type mechanical loading that is performed during sport participation. While weight was reported to be the most influential factor for BMD in GL sports, extracellular fluid was the most influential factor for ML sports.
Davis, Maisie E., "Predictive Influence of Anthropometric and Performance-based Measurements on Bone Mineral Density in Female Collegiate Athletes" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2216.
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