Preferred Name

Emmett Van Der Snick

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Date of Graduation

5-7-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Department of Kinesiology

Advisor(s)

Christopher J. Womack

Jeremy D. Akers

Nicholas Luden

Christian Carter

Abstract

Resistance training in combination with plyometrics and medicine ball routines has been shown to improve rotational speed and power. One area that has not been observed has been the difference between bilateral squatting and unilateral squatting on rotational speed. The purpose of the study was to observe the effects of unilateral and bilateral squatting on club head speed in collegiate golfers. Eight male and nine female collegiate golfers were randomly assigned to a unilateral squat group which was the experimental and a bilateral squat group which was the control group and participated in twelve training sessions over the course of four weeks. Club head speed measurements were taken prior to the first training session and after the twelfth training session on a Trackman 4 indoor unit. After the intervention, there were no statistically significant improvements in either group and no statistically significant differences between the unilateral group (pre-training = 100.8 mph ± 12.2 mph, post-training = 100.9 mph ± 12.5 mph) and the control group (pre-training = 102.8 mph ± 11.7 mph, post-training = 103.3 mph ± 12.3 mph). Short duration squat training does not appear to positively impact club head speed in collegiate golfers.

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