Milan Cvetkovic, Damjan Jakic and Dejan Orlic Faculty of sport and physical education
University of Novi Sad
Mere enrollment on the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education assumes that the
population has been selected according to several criteria. One of the most typical criteria is
motor development, hence students of sport and physical education might be treated as persons
of above-average motor abilities. Test battery of 17 anthropometrical tests and 14 strength tests
has been applied on the sample of 149 males, students of the Faculty of Sport and Physical
Education in Novi Sad. The purpose of this paper is to determine relations between
anthropometrical measures and latent dimensions of strength. Within the latent space of strength,
after Promax rotation of major components and based on KG criteria, three strength factors have
been isolated: static and repetitive strength, especially that of hands and trunk to a lesser degree,
explosive strength of legs, and explosive strength of arms. Finaly, three statistically significant
canonical correlations have been isolated. The first is that of explosive strength of arms having
negative correlation with all anthropometrical variables, the second is explosive strength of legs
which is in negative correlation with subcutaneous fat tissue of upper leg and triceps, but in
positive correlation with the measures of longitudinal dimensionality of skeleton, whereas the
third is static and repetitive strength of arms (and trunk to a lesser degree) being in negative
correlation with body height and leg length.
Key words: students/ static and repetitive strength/ explosive strength
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