Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


The purpose of the study was to investigate the prediction of gymnastic performance ability by use of a test instrument consisting of ten performance items of two trials each. Seventeen male physical education majors enrolled in a tumbling and apparatus class were used as the subjects. Preliminary research found the test to be an accurate measure of the gymnastic performance ability of the sample. Data obtained by an additional test were analyzed by multiple regression and stepwise multiple regression to determine the most useful tasks and trials in predicting gymnastic performance ability. The results indicated several methods of utilizing combinations of variables that were significant at the .01 level. It was concluded that there is a relationship between subject scores on the test and gymnastic performance ability. It was also concluded that scores obtained on a few selected variables could be used as an accurate prediction of the total test criterion. A tool of this type could be used for several purposes within the framework of a gymnastics class.