A New Protocol To Evaluate Abdominal Strength in Women

Brown, Barry S.; Williams, Bruce; Hobbs, Jean
March 1999
American Journal of Health Studies;1999, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p91
Academic Journal
Abstract: Strong abdominal musculature may be critical in athletic performance and the prevention of back injury. Female university soccer athletes and 11 age matched females and males not participating in athletic events were used to evaluate two tests of abdominal strength: the 60 second timed sit-up test, and a newly developed test of abdominal strength using a strain gauge (TBD). High reliability (r=.93) was found for the TBD test with no correlation to the timed sit-up. The TBD test is recommended as a measure of abdominal strength. Data are being collected to evaluate the relationship between abdominal strength, incidence of injury and performance. [Am J Health Studies 1999; 15(2): 91-93]


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