ISOKINETIC SPECIFIC 'TENSION OF QUADRICEPS IN SPRINTERS, DISTANCE RUNNERS AND NORMAL YOUNG ADULTS

  • C.K. Cheung
  • Y. Hong
Keywords: specific tension, cross sectional area, isokinetic peak torque, sprinters, distance runners

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether isokinetic specific tension differences existed between athletes of different sports. Nine sprinters, eight distance runners and nineteen young adults were recruited as subjects in this study. A Cybex dynamometer was employed to measure the isokinetic peak torque of knee extension at 60°/sec, 120°/sec, 180°/sec, 240°/sec and 300°/sec. The cross sectional area of quadriceps was measured using the anthropometic equation of Housh et al. (1995). There was no significant difference between isokinetic specific tension of quadriceps in sprinters, distance runners and normal young adults.