Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Research Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 2 Issue: 2

A Comparison of Absolute, Ratio and Allometric Scaling Methods for Normalizing Strength in Elite American Football Players

Jacobson BH1*, Thompson BJ2, Conchola EC1 and Glass R3
1School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology, Oklahoma State University, USA
2Texas Tech University, Texas, USA
3Athletic Department, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
Corresponding author : Jacobson BH
School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
Tel: 405-744-2025
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: November 05, 2012 Accepted: March 30, 2013 Published: April 04, 2013
Citation: Jacobson BH, Thompson BJ, Conchola EC, Glass R (2013) A Comparison of Absolute, Ratio and Allometric Scaling Methods for Normalizing Strength in Elite American Football Players. J Athl Enhancement 2:2. doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000110

Abstract

A Comparison of Absolute, Ratio and Allometric Scaling Methods for Normalizing Strength in Elite American Football Players

Division I football players exemplify the greatest range in body mass of any modern team sport. Body mass may differ by over 80 kg between the various positions. Absolute muscular strength is typically greater in larger individuals, but such data does not allow for accurate comparisons. Therefore, in order to compare the performance indices of individual groups allometric rather than ratio scaling has been suggested. The purpose of this study was to compare absolute strength, normalized ratio and allometrically scaled data among players of different size.

Keywords: Athletes; Bench press; Normalization; Muscle

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