Term of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Ronald Snarr

Committee Member 1

Megan Byrd

Committee Member 2

Jessica Mutchler


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.

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