Sit-Up Styles Compared by Lower Back Angles Measured During Sit and Reach and Sit-Up Tests
Dougherty, Steven S.
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This study was conducted at Western Michigan University with the assistance of Ms. Diane Moffitt while under the supervision of Dr. Mary Dawson. Human subjects used ranged from age 18 to 42, both male and female, with various physical abilities and medical histories. In all, twenty-four subjects were measured and tested; however, only twenty-one total subjects were analyzed via film due to technical difficulties in filming and development. Seventeen of these subjects were female and four were male. The thrust of the thesis was to determine sit-up styles by measuring lower back angles during a sit-up exercise. This was accomplished by first measuring the lower back angles using target attachments during a sit and reach test and second by comparing these angles to angles measured during sit-up exercises.