Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Concurrent Validity of Variations of the Flexed Arm Hang Strength Test

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Concurrent Validity of Variations of the Flexed Arm Hang Strength Test

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Charles A. Duncan, University of Louisiana--Lafayette, Daniel Hollander, Southeastern Louisiana University, and James M. Clemons, University of Louisiana--Lafayette

The flexed arm hang (FAH) is a commonly used test to measure shoulder girdle strength and muscular endurance, but relatively little research has been conducted to determine its validity. Clemons (unpublished manuscript) examined concurrent validity for a variety of FAH measures with measures of muscular strength and endurance. He reported that a supinated grip FAH, timed to a 90[degrees] arm angle produced a validity coefficient of .77. The purpose of this study was to replicate the methods of Clemons' study with an independent group of participants. Thirty one healthy women between the ages of 18 and 43 years volunteered to participate in the study. Measures for the study were taken on six different days and participants were instructed to refrain from upper body weight training activities for 24 hr prior to each testing date. Muscular strength and endurance measures were taken using a Body Master pull down machine and a parallel grip pulling apparatus (semipronated grip). The semipronated grip was used to a void bias toward either of the experimental conditions (i. …

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