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Original Research Article

Year: 2019 | Month: March | Volume: 9 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 71-76

Study of Back Strength and Its Correlations with Selected Anthropometric Variables and Performance Tests in District Level Badminton Players

Sumit Bhandari1, Shyamal Koley2

1MYAS GNDU, Department of Sports Sciences and Medicine, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, 143 005, Punjab, India
2Department of physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, 143 005, Punjab, India

Corresponding Author: Shyamal Koley


Introduction: Back plays a huge role in how entire body functions because it attaches to hips, abdomen, chest, shoulder and neck. Strengthening of back gives additional power in all sports by stabilizing the body to swing or throw harder. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the back strength and performance tests in district level badminton players and to search their correlations with selected anthropometric variables.
Methodology: A total of 102 district level badminton players (66 male and 36 female) aged 18-25 years were selected purposively from various badminton academies of Amritsar for the study. A total of nine anthropometric variables i.e. height, weight, BMI, biceps skinfold, triceps skinfold, subscapular skinfold, suprailiac skinfold, abdomen skinfold, calf skinfold, and back strength, and two performance tests such as, vertical jump test and standing broad jump test were measured on each subject.
Results: In results, one way ANOVA showed significant between-group differences (p ≤0.001) in all the variables studied, among these four sets of population. In district level badminton players, back strength, vertical jump test and standing broad jump test had significant positive correlations (p<0.001) with weight, height, BMI, biceps skinfold and calf skinfold, and significant negative correlations (<0.001) with triceps, subscapular and suprailiac skinfold. However abdominal skinfold had significant positive correlations with back strength and standing broad jump, and significant negative correlation with vertical jump test.
Conclusion: From the findings of the present study, it might be concluded that back strength had strong association with all the anthropometric variables and performance tests studied. Also, vertical jump and standing broad jump had strong association with weight in district level badminton players. The data presented in the present study carry immense practical application and may be useful in future investigation on player selection, talent identification in badminton and training program development in the game.

Key words: Anthropometric variables. Back strength. Performance tests, District level badminton players.

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