M.Prem Rajkumar & Dr. K. Sivakumar
The purpose of the study was to find out the effect of altitude training on selected physiological variables such as systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. To achieve this purpose of the study, thirty men students studying in Kingston Engineering College, Katpadi, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu, India were selected as subjects at random. The age of the subjects were ranged from 18 to 20 years. The selected subjects were divided into two equal groups of fifteen subjects each, such as altitude training group (Group I) and control group (Group II). The altitude training group (Group I) underwent their respective training programme for three days per week for twelve weeks. Group II acted as control in which they did not undergo any special training programme apart from their regular physical education programme. All the subjects of two groups were tested on selected criterion variable such as systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure at prior to and immediately after the training programme by using sphygmomanometer. The analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to analysis the significant difference, if any in-between the groups. The level of significant to test the ‘F’ ratio obtained by the analysis of covariance was tested at .05 level of confidence, which was considered as an appropriate. The results of the study revealed that there was a significant difference between altitude training group and control group on selected physiological variables such as systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. Significant changes on selected criterion variables namely systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure were also noticed due to altitude training.
Keywords: Altitude Training, Physiological Variables, College Men.