The relationship of strength and jump height in figure skaters

Anatol Podolsky, Kenton R. Kaufman, Thomas D. Cahalan, Sergei Y. Aleshinsky, Edmund Y.S. Chao

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Eighteen junior elite figure skaters were filmed while performing axel and double axel jumps. These same skaters were assessed for strength of the shoulders, knees, and hips at multiple angular velocities using a Cybex II system. The height of the jumps was signifi cantly correlated with the strength data. Knee exten sion at 240 deg/sec and shoulder abduction at 300 deg/sec were shown to be the most important strength parameters in determining the height of the jump. This information may be useful for designing strength train ing programs for figure skaters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)400-405
Number of pages6
JournalThe American Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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