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Dr. Maureen Dunn, Kinesiology

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Balance has been shown to enhance athletic performance in certain sports. However, research regarding balance and swim performance is limited, and the relationship is therefore unclear. This study was designed to determine whether a relationship exists between balance ability and swim performance of male and female Hope College swimmers (n=23). It was hypothesized that greater balance ability in swimmers would be positively correlated with faster swim times, which could be a benefit to swim-training programs in the future. A balance plate and Y-Balance test (Upper and Lower Quarter) were utilized to assess swimmer balance. The following static force plate stances were used: feet parallel with eyes open (FPEO), feet parallel with eyes closed (FPEC), left foot forward tandem with eyes open (LTEO), and left foot tandem with eyes closed (LTEC). The race times used for correlational analysis included: the 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 500m Freestyle, and 100m Backstroke. Significant correlations were found between FPEO velocity and the 50m Freestyle (p

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