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Effect of Plyometric and Functional Core Training on Selected Body Composition among Basketball Players

Abstract :

The purpose of the study was to find out the effect of plyometric and functional core training on selected body composition among basketball players. To achieve the purpose of the present study, forty five men basketball players from Ernakulam district, Kerala state, India were selected as subjects at random and their ages ranged from 18 to 25 years. The subjects were divided into three equal groups of fifteen subjects each. The subjects (N=45) were randomly assigned to three equal groups of fifteen subjects each. Pre test was conducted for all the subjects on selected body composition variables. This initial test scores formed as pre test scores of the subjects. The groups were assigned as Experimental Group I, Experimental Group II and Control Group in an equivalent manner. Experimental Group I was exposed to plyometric training, Experimental Group II was exposed to functional core training and Control Group was not exposed to any experimental training other than their regular daily activities. The duration of experimental period was 12 weeks. After the experimental treatment, all the forty five subjects were tested on their body composition variables. This final test scores formed as post test scores of the subjects. The pre test and post test scores were subjected to statistical analysis using Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) to find out the significance among the mean differences, whenever the ‘F’ ratio for adjusted test was found to be significant, scheffe’s post hoc test was used. In all cases 0.05 level of significance was fixed to test hypotheses. The plyometric training had decreased BMI and percent body fat than the control group. The functional core training had decreased BMI and percent body fat than the control group.

Author Name : Siby Lukose & Dr.P.K.Senthilkumar

Keywords: Plyometric, Core Training, BMI, Percent Body Fat, Basketball.