John R. Oxton

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Master of Science (MS)


Education, Health & Behavior Studies


The purpose of this study was to determine the changes, if any, of selected strength factors of typical North Dakota high school wrestlers, as these might be affected by programs of weight reduction or weight control.

Right grip, left grip, push, pull, leg and back strength data of the subjects were recorded using a dynamometer. The subjects were tested five times during and after the season.

Inter-group and intra-group comparisons of results were made between the control group consisting of seven high school wrestlers and the experimental group of seven high school wrestlers who experienced a weight loss of more than 3 per cent.

A comparison of mean differences found no significance for five of the areas tested. Push strength experienced a significant difference in favor of the experimental group in between group comparisons of Test 1 to Test 5, Test 2 to Test 3, Test 2 to Test 4.

The average weight loss for the experimental group from Test 1 to Test 2 was 4.6 per cent of normal body weight taken at the time of pre-season weigh-in. The average weight gain for all wrestlers from Test 2 to Test 5 was 7.4 per cent of the post season weight.