Absolute, ratio, and allometric scaling comparisons for normalizing strength in Division I football players
American College of Sports Medicine 2013 National Conference
American College of Sports Medicine
Division I football players exemplify the greatest range in body mass of any modern team sport. Body mass may differ by over 80 kg between the various positions. Absolute muscular strength is typically greater in larger individuals, but such data does not allow for accurate comparisons. Therefore, in order to compare the performance indices of individual groups allometric rather than ratio scaling has been suggested. The purpose of this study was to compare absolute strength, normalized ratio and allometrically scaled data among players of different size.
Jacobson, B.H., Thompson, B.J., Conchola, E.C. and Glass, R.R. Absolute, ratio, and allometric scaling comparisons for normalizing strength in Division I football players. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine national conference, Indianapolis, IN. May, 2013. Med Sci Sport Exerc, 45 (5 Suppl.)