Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Honours


Faculty of Communications, Health and Science

First Advisor

Dr Angus Burnett


The purpose or this study was to test the suitability or selected assistance exercises to strengthen the low back for the Olympic lilts in elite weightlifters. Four subjects were filmed by a five-camera Motion Analysis system operating at 120Hz. The subjects completed both or the Olympic lifts (Snatch and Clean) at a near one repetition maximum and four assistance exercises (Bent-over Row, Clean Pull Deadlift, Romanian Deadlift, and Good Morning) at an intensity typically performed at a routine training session. Peak moments, compressive and shear forces about the L5/S1 intervertebral joint were calculated via a top-down inverse dynamics model. Comparisons were made between the lifts using a one way ANOVA with repeated measures and post-hoc differences between the means were calculated via Least Squared Differences. Significant differences (p<0.05) were found when comparing the assistance exercises to that of the Olympic lifts for peak moments, compressive and shear force. Further, significant differences (p<0.05) were also found between lifts when these measures were normalised for bar mass and body weight above L5/S1. This study demonstrated that the assistance exercises may all be suitable for conditioning the low back for the two Olympic lifts