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Kinaesthetic sensitivity of adolescent male and female athletes and non-athletes

Freeman, M.L. and Broderick, P. (1996) Kinaesthetic sensitivity of adolescent male and female athletes and non-athletes. Australian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 28 (2). pp. 46-49.


Comparisons were made between nineteen ballet dancers/gymnasts, twenty basketballers, and twenty non-athletes (mean age 16.19 years) in terms of their kinaesthetic sensitivity to passive upper arm movement. The measurement instrument used was the Kinaesthetic Sensitivity Test developed by Laszlo and Bairstow (1985a). The results showed that kinaesthetic sensitivity did not differ across groups, although there was evidence of some difference between males and females. These results are in conflict with previous studies (Bairstow and Laszlo, 1981; Laszlo and Bairstow, 1980). The data suggest the Reed for research on kinaesthetic sensitivity to provide normative adolescent data, to further examine sex differences, and to investigate differences between athletes of differing levels.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Copyright: Sports Medicine Australia
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