The purpose of the study was to find out the influences of functional training and plyometric training packages on selected physiological variables namelyVO2 max, vital capacity and forced vital capacity among male cricketers. To achieve this study, thirty male Cricketers were randomly selected from Anna University, BIT Campus, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu State, India. The age of subjects were ranged from 18 to 21 years. The subjects had past experience of at least two years in cricket at the Inter-collegiate level and only who those represented their respective college teams were taken as subjects. Physiological fitness tests were carried out on each participant. These included VO2max assessed by 12 min run/walk, vital capacity and forced vital capacityassessed by Spiro meter. The subjects were randomly assigned into three groups of fifteen each, such as two experimental and control groups. The experimental group participated functional training and plyometric training packages for 3 days a week, one session every alternate day and for 8 weeks each session lasted up to 60 minutes excluding warm up and cool down. The control group carried out their daily routine activities and there was no special training was given to them. The subjects of the three groups were tested on selected variables prior and immediately after the training period. The collected data were analyzed statistically through analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) to find out the significance difference, if any between the groups. The 0.05 level of confidence was fixed to test the level of significance difference, if any between groups. The results of the study showed that there was significant level differences exist between functional training, plyometric training and control groups. Functional training group showed significant level improvement on VO2 max, vital capacity and forced vital capacity and plyometric training group showed significant level vital capacity and forced vital capacity when compared to control group.
Author Name : A.Murugan& Dr.A.S.Nageswaran
Keywords: Functional training, Plyometric training, VO2 max, vital capacity and forced vital capacity.