Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effects of a core strength training program on field testing performance outcomes in junior elite surf athletes
by Axel, Tracy Ann, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 89; 1523042
Abstract (Summary)

Competitive surfing requires athletes to transfer force from their core musculature to maneuver a surfboard successfully with powerful, rotational movements on an unpredictable wave's surface. The purpose of this study was to test athletic performance outcomes in junior elite male surf athletes using a battery of field tests specific to the sport of surfing and determine the effects of a core strength training program (CSTP) on athletic performance outcomes. Nineteen junior elite surf athletes completed a pretest, 8-week CSTP, and posttest of rotational power, lower body power, core strength, core endurance, and rotational flexibility. Means, standard deviations, paired t-tests with a significance of p < 0.05, and effect size was computed. Results demonstrated significant differences in time to peak maximal acceleration, left rotational power, core strength, core endurance, and rotational flexibility. This study concludes implementation of the CSTP enhances athletic performance measurements which is likely to increase overall surfing performance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crussemeyer, Jill
Commitee: Dean, Kevyn, Young, Douglas
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Kinesiology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Kinesiology
Keywords: Athletic performance, Core muscular, Junior athletics, Sports performance, Strength and conditioning, Surfing
Publication Number: 1523042
ISBN: 9781303202155
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