Quincy R. Johnson1, Doug B. Smith1, J. Jay Dawes1, FACSM, Jonathan Moore1, Taylor K. Dinyer1, Bree S. Baker1, Olivia K. Anderson1, Allen L. Redinger1, & Bert H. Jacobson1, FACSM

1Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Golf requires athletes to possess adequate levels of flexibility, muscular strength and power, and rotational power. However, little research has been dedicated to measuring power-based contributors to athletic performance within the elite female golf population. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to profile power-based physiological characteristics of elite National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) female golfers. METHODS: Data for 10 NCAA Division I female golf athletes were used for this analysis. Body composition was assessed by measuring height (m), weight (kg), and body mass index (BMI; m/kg2). Vertical power was assessed using a countermovement jump (CMJ; cm) with peak and average power (PP, AP; watts) and peak and average velocity (PV, AV; m/s) being calculated based on CMJ performance. Horizontal power was measured with a lateral bounding task from the dominant (D-LB) and non-dominant (ND-LB) limbs. The ‘Sayers Equation’ was utilized to estimate peak power output from jumping tasks (Peak Anaerobic Power Output = (60.7 x jump height (cm)) + (45.3 x body mass (kg)) – 2055). RESULTS: Overall, elite NCAA female golfers have normal to slightly above average BMIs, excel at expressing power vertically (29.48 W/kg), horizontally (58.83 W/kg), and in the transverse plane (3.14 W/kg). CONCLUSION: Efforts to better understand athletes and the physiological characteristics that may contribute to their athletic performance can be of value to sport coaches, the athlete, strength and conditioning professionals, and researchers alike. Additionally, developing physiological profiles within elite level athletics can be especially useful for enhancing athletic performance through the identification of areas of excellence and areas of improvement.

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