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Effect of Isolated and Parallel Core Strength and Mobility Training on Flexibility of Cricket Players

Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of isolated and parallel core strength and mobility training on flexibility of cricket players. To achieve the purpose of this study forty eight men cricket players studying various courses in Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya University, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India, during the academic year 2014-2015 was selected as subjects and their age ranged from 20 to 25 years and they were divided into four equal groups of twelve each (n=12) at random. Experimental group-I underwent core strength training, experimental group-II underwent mobility training and experimental group-III underwent parallel core strength and mobility training and group-IV acted as control. The training regimen lasted for twelve weeks for 3 days per week. The selected dependent variable flexibility was assessed by conducting sit and reach test, before and after the training regimen. Analysis of covariance was used to determine the significant difference existing between pretest and posttest on selected dependent variables. The analysis of data revealed that the flexibility of cricket players has significantly improved due to the effect of core strength training (14.82%), mobility training (22.02 %) and parallel training (30.24 %) however, parallel training is significantly better than isolated mobility training and core strength training in improving flexibility.

Author Name : A. Gunalan, Dr A. Subramanian

Keywords: Core Strength Training, Mobility Training, Flexibility.