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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2013 October;53(5):573-81

Copyright © 2013 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Relationships of isometric mid-thigh pull variables to weightlifting performance

Beckham G. 1, Mizuguchi S. 1, Carter C. 1, Sato K. 1, Ramsey M. 1, Lamont H. 1, Hornsby G. 1, Haff G. 2, Stone M. 1, 2

1 Department of Exercise and Sports Science, Center of Excellence For Sport Science and Coach Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA; 2 Exercise and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia


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Aim: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between weightlifting performance (snatch, clean and jerk, and total) and variables obtained from the isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP).
Methods: Twelve weightlifters, ranging from novice to advanced, performed the IMTP 10 days after a competition. Correlations were used to evaluate relationships between variables of the IMTP and absolute and scaled competition results.
Results: Unscaled competition results correlated strongly with IRFD (0-200ms: r=0.567-0.645, 0-250ms: r=0.722-0.781) while results correlated weakly with Peak IRFD (5ms window, r=0.360-0.426). Absolute peak force values correlated very strongly with absolute values for the competition performance (r=0.830-0.838). Force at 100ms, 150ms, 200ms and 250ms also correlated strongly with competition results (r=0.643-0.647, r=0.605-0.636, r=0.714-0.732, r=0.801-0.804). Similar findings were noted for allometrically scaled values.
Conclusion: Measures of average IRFD probably represent a more relevant variable to dynamic performance than does Peak IRFD (5ms). Maximum isometric strength also is likely to have a strong role in weightlifting performance.

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