Term of Award

Spring 2007

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Jim McMillan

Committee Member 1

Barry Joyner

Committee Member 2

Matthew Williamson

Committee Member 3

Steve Rossi

Abstract

Modern sports require quick, powerful movements to be successful, and as a result anaerobic ability is of interest. A number of tests exist for the measurement of anaerobic parameters, but none have achieved a gold-standard status. The Wingate Anaerobic Test (WAT) has received widespread support and is among the most widely accepted (Bar-Or, 1987; Hoffman, Epstein, Einbinder, & Weinstein, 2000; Sands et al, 2004). The WAT is a cycle-based test however. Sprint-based field tests are more practical to administer and are more specific to the requirements of many sports, but the standards used are anecdotal, and while shown to be reliable (Moir, Button, Glaister, & Stone, 2004 ; Thomas, Plowman, & Looney, 2002), their validity has been questioned (Seiler et al, 1990). This study compares a test of four 40-yard sprints through measurement of blood lactate concentration generated by each test and power calculations.

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