Madeline Czeck, Kinesiology MS student, is the lead author on an article published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine. The article, “Total and regional body composition of NCAA division I collegiate female softball athletes,” examines body composition of 128 NCAA Division I female softball players using dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Although no significant differences in total or regional lean muscle were found, the study observed that outfielders had significantly lower fat mass in the trunk and legs than pitchers. In addition, the study found that the throwing arm had greater lean muscle mass and bone mineral density than the non-throwing arm at all positions. These measurement values are important to coaches and trainers as normative positional DXA data for collegiate female softball players.
Donald R. Dengel, PhD, professor of kinesiology and director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, and Christiana Raymond-Pope, PhD, and Tyler Bosch, PhD, both graduates of the School of Kinesiology, were also co-authors.