Date of Award

12-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Health and Human Performance

Program

Exercise Science

First Advisor/Chairperson

Dr. Randall Jensen

Second Advisor

Dr. Scott Drum

Third Advisor

Dr. Marguerite Moore

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of the current study was to gather normative data and determine if there was a correlation for multiple measures in adolescent dancers, specifically in relation to the hip joint including: balance, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. Design: Descriptive Correlation. Setting: Laboratory. Participants: Thirty-one female volunteers (mean age 12.52 ± 2.26), were recruited to participate in the university IRB approved study. Interventions: During the testing, the participants filled out a qualitative questionnaire, had their anthropometric data measured, and were assessed on flexibility of the hamstring. Functional measurements of muscular strength and endurance of the hip flexor, sacrum imbalance, and postural stability were analyzed for each dancer. Main Outcome Measure: There were no significant relationships between measures of strength and flexibility. Holley Protocols for measures of balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance were found to be valid and reliable. Conclusion: There are many factors to consider with relation to the adolescent dancer, further research is needed to help predict flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance measurements.

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