Physical Fitness and Performance Indicators of Indian Female Volleyball Players: the Need for individual Data

Dr. Krishnendu Pradhan
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Education, Garhbeta College, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, E-Mail: kpgcpe@gmail.com.

 Volume VII, Number 1, 2017 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.25274/bcjms.v7n1.ped-en-v7-01-01 

Abstract

The performances of Indian female volleyball teams (mini to senior levels) are poor at the Asian as well as in the international levels. This has become a challenge to the volleyball coaches, physical educationists and sports scientists of India. Though efforts are being made to improve the performance of Indian female volleyball players of different levels however, very little success has been achieved so far in this regard due to fact that in India the emphasis during selection of teams in different levels has been based on only in skills and tactics without much consideration of physical fitness and performance indicators of volleyball players. In this respect the researcher realizes the importance of physical fitness and performance indicators in the game of volleyball and undertaken this topic.

The present study was aimed to assess the physical fitness indicators i.e. strength, speed, power, agility, flexibility and muscular endurance and the performance indicators i.e. height, weight, grip strength (left + right), back strength, block jump and spike jump of Indian talented sub-junior female volleyball players and to compare the results with age matched Control Group.  Also, compare the findings of the Indian talented sub-junior female volleyball players with that of their international standards from available literatures and to make some suggestions for the improvement of their performance level in international standard. The study was carried out in twenty (20) Indian talented sub-junior female volleyball players aged between 13 to 16 years and twenty (20) ages matched female Control Group. Physical fitness indicators of volleyball game namely strength, speed, power, agility, flexibility, muscular endurance and performance indicators namely height, weight, grip strength (left + right), back strength, block jump and spike jump were measured by their respective standard tests. Data was analyzed using Independent Sample‘t’ test by using SPSS, (Version 20.0) software. The level of significance chosen was 0.05.

The results of t-test revealed that all physical fitness and performance indicators of Indian talented sub-junior female volleyball players were statistically significant in compared to their age matched Control Group but when values of the each physical fitness and performance indicators were compared to the international standards, the Indian talented sub-junior female volleyball players were behind the recommended norms for the elite international female sub-junior volleyball players. The Indian sub-junior female volleyball players have more advantages in strength, speed, power, agility, flexibility, muscular endurance, height, weight, grip strength (left + right), back strength, block jump and spike jump of physical fitness and performance indicators respectively in compared to their age matched Control Group.

 Keywords: Physical Fitness, Performance indicators, strength, speed, power, agility, flexibility, muscular endurance, grip strength, back strength, block jump, spike jump.

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