Term of Award

Fall 2006

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Committee Chair

Barry Munkasy

Committee Member 1

Jim McMillan

Committee Member 2

Helen Graf

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the possible effects of three different types of stretch protocols and a no stretch protocol on collegiate female sprinters on the velocity, step length and step rate. Ten NCAA Division I female sprinters ranging in age from 18 to 22 participated in the study. A forty five meter sprint was performed with the section from thirty to forty meters digitally recorded and later analyzed for velocity, step length, and step rate. The sprint was performed before the stretch protocol was applied and then again after it was applied. The participants were tested on nonconsecutive days during a normal part of their practice sessions. Protocols were randomized for eahc aprticipant. Pre- and post-measurements for each protocol and each individual were taken. Paired sample t-tests were performed on the mean pre and post of each group and then mean differences were compared for significances between groups.

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