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Comparison of the ice skating starting styles used in ice hockey Jones, Brian Edgar

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the difference between the front style and the side style of starting in ice hockey with regards to time, speed, and acceleration. Sixteen players of the Varsity and Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Teams at the University of British Columbia volunteered as subjects. Age, height, weight, years of skating experience and preferred style of starting were obtained for all subjects. Using stopwatches, the time for the first thirty feet and the total sixty feet was recorded for ten trials for each style of starting for all subjects. The subjects were tested on only one starting style per session -ten trials- and were randomly assigned to the style used in the first session. The speed and acceleration were calculated for the first thirty feet and the total sixty feet and the time, speed, and acceleration were calculated for the second thirty feet. T-ratio's were computed to test the significance of the difference between the group means for time, speed, and acceleration for the first thirty feet, the second thirty feet, and the total sixty feet. Significant t-ratio's were found favouring the front starting style for time, speed, and acceleration for the first thirty feet and the total sixty feet.

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