CALISTHENICS TRAINING: EFFECTS ON PHYSICAL FITNESS (COORDINATION, FLEXIBILITY AND ENDURANCE) OF KABADDI PLAYERS
Keywords:physical fitness, kabbadi players, Calisthenic exercises
Thepurpose of the present study was to determine the impact of calisthenics training and physical fitness variables on overall playing ability level of male Kabaddi players of Pakistan. Study was aimed at to find out the effects of calisthenics training on physical fitness (coordination, flexibility and endurance) and playing skills level of kabaddi players. Study was conducted in seven districts of Punjab, Pakistan including Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Gujrat, Gujranwala and Toba Tek Singh. Non-probability and random sampling techniques were applied in districts selection and players selection respectively.To achieve the purpose of this study seventy male kabaddi players ten from each district were selected for study. The age of players varied between 18 to 28 years.All the subjects were tested on selected variables, before and after the treatment. Pre- and post-training data was collected by the researcher on field during competitions and training from the respondents. Training session of players consisted of 30 to 40 minutes training twice a day for four weeks consecutively. After four weeks number of sessions were increased to four from two and four week were reduced to two, with intensive training schedule. Calisthenic exercises training schedule improved the coordination of the lower extremities, range of movement of joints, muscular endurance and agility.Findings have shown that instructional training and traditional training group significantly improved the physical fitness variables such as;agility, leg explosive power, muscular strength endurance and overall playing ability of Kabaddi players of Pakistan. Results of the study favored the objectives of the study but did not support both the hypothesis and thus both were rejected.