Objectives: The primary purpose of this study was to examine the difference in peak force (PF) production with and without the inclusion of lifting straps (LS) during an isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP). An additional goal of this study was to identify potential asymmetry during the two protocols while evaluating the potential use of a dual force plate IMTP as a tool for player monitoring programs. Methods: Twenty-one NCAA division I men (n=10) and women (n=11) soccer players performed a maximal IMTP over dual force plates with and without the assistance of LS. The PF total between the two plates for both conditions was used to examine the effect of LS. Asymmetry was assessed by the PF of the separate force plates by calculation of a symmetry index (SI). Results: The PF achieved with the assistance of LS was significantly greater for males (strapped: 2102.3±506.2N, unstrapped: 1468.6±286.0N; p 1105.0±294.7N, unstrapped: 940.6±155.7N; pConclusion: The inclusion of LS on the IMTP allowed for a significantly greater PF production for male and female soccer athletes. However, the increase in PF with the inclusion of LS was greater in the males who saw a large effect size (d=1.959, pp=0.024). Both male and female soccer players possessed some level of asymmetry that did increase with the inclusion of LS, but no significant difference was found between conditions.

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Thesis Chair/Advisor

Redd, Michael


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College of Health Professions and Sciences


Kinesiology and Physical Therapy

Degree Program

Exercise and Sport Physiology



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Open Access

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