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Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


Flexibility in the human is relatively new in research. As a part of kinesiology it has not been studied extensively. Flexibility and its implication on athletic performance has not been studied extensively. The teaching of skills requires a knowledge and understanding of the range and movement of which joints are generally capable. More research is needed to determine the place of flexibility in athletic training programs and this has been the motive for conducting this study. The basic purpose of this study was to determine the extent of flexibility of wrestlers as compared with football players, basketball players, shot putters and discus throwers, and 18-year-old college freshman non-athletes. The measurements of flexibility for wrestlers were determined from 41 freshmen and varsity wrestlers of South Dakota State College and Mankato State College during the 1962-63 school year. The measurements for the other groups had been previously established by other studied. With the exception of football players, all the subjects were measured by 28 standard flexibility measures established by Leighton, and the measuring instrument used was the Leighton Flexometer. Because just nine measurements of flexibility for football players were available, the comparison with wrestlers was based on this number. The data from the measurements on wrestlers were analyzed statistically to determine whether any or all of these scores differed significantly from those previously established for basketball players, football players, shot putters and discus throwers, and 18 year old college freshman non athletes.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Physical education and training


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