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Master of Science (MS)



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Thirty-two females, aged 18-30 years, executed 22 isometric strength measurements using strength table procedures similar to Clarke's (1966). A load cell was used in place of the cable tensiometer used by Clarke. Each subject was also administered a grip strength test and a 1RM bench press test. Two criterion measures of strength were identified from the results of the isometric strength tests: (1) total body strength was defined as the sum of the 22 isometric strength measurements and (2) upper body strength was defined as the sum of the 8 upper body isometric strength measurements. The Pearson Correlation Coefficient was used to determine the relationship between: (1) total body strength and grip strength and (2) upper body strength and 1RM bench press test. A statistically significant correlation was found between total body strength and grip strength {dollar}(r = .49422,\ p < .004){dollar} and between upper body strength and a 1RM bench press test {dollar}(r = .72483,\ p < .0001){dollar}. Although a correlation of.49422 was statistically significant the relationship was not strong enough to demonstrate that grip strength was an adequate representation of total body strength. However, a correlation of.72483 was sufficient evidence to suggest that a 1RM bench press test is an adequate representation of upper body strength.


Bench; Body; Grip; Press; Represent; Strength; Total; Upper; Validity

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Physical education and training

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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