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Research Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 2 Issue: 4

Does the Trunk Stability Push-Up Provide an Effective Measure of Upper-Body Function Specific to Male Team Sport Athletes?

Robert G Lockie1*, Samuel J Callaghan1, Corrin A Jordan1, Tawni M Luczo2 and Matthew D Jeffriess1
1Exercise and Sport Science Department, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, Australia
2Kinesiology Department, California State University of Monterey Bay, Seaside, USA
Corresponding author : Dr. Robert Lockie
Exercise and Sport Science Department, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, PO Box 127, Ourimbah, NSW, 2258, Australia
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Received: August 01, 2013 Accepted: September 18, 2013 Published: September 22, 2013
Citation: Lockie RG, Callaghan SJ, Jordan CA, Luczo TM, Jeffriess MD (2013) Does the Trunk Stability Push-Up Provide an Effective Measure of Upper-Body Function Specific to Male Team Sport Athletes? J Athl Enhancement 2:4. doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000120

Abstract

Does the Trunk Stability Push-Up Provide an Effective Measure of Upper-Body Function Specific to Male Team Sport Athletes?

Study background: The trunk stability push-up (TSPU) is a closed-chain test that can measure upper-body functional strength, but may not relate to sport-specific performance. The bilateral medicine ball chest pass (MBCP) is a more sport-specific openchain assessment. This research investigated whether the TSPU related to bilateral MBCP to determine whether it was a valid test of team sport upper-body function. The bilateral MBCP is a more effective test of upperbody function than the TSPU, and can discriminate between athletes with different upper-body function. This assessment related to the unilateral MBCP and TSPU, indicating its applicability for team sports.

Keywords: Medicine ball throw; Unilateral asymmetry; Functional Movement Screen; Open-chain movement; Push-power

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