EFFECTS OF YOGIC PRACTICE AND CALISTHENICS EXERCISEON SELECTED SPEED AND AGILITY VARIABLES OF INTER COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL PLAYERS
The purpose of the study was to find out the effects of yogic practice and calisthenics exercise on motor fitness components of male inter-collegiate football players. To execute the investigation, sixty (N=45) College football players from st.joseph junior college Nellore Andhra Pradesh, India were randomly selected as subjects. They were divided randomly into three groups of fifteen each i.e., (n=15) Group-I underwent sports specific field training and calisthenics exercise , Group-II sports specific field training , Group-III was act as Control group their age ranged from 18-23 years. The Experimental groups underwent respective training period for three days per week for twelve weeks. For sports specific field training and calisthenics exercise the training period was restricted to every week alternative days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and the number of sessions per week was also confined to three. Sports specific field training the training period was restricted to every week alternative days (Tuesday Thursday and Saturday) and the number of sessions per week was also confined to three. The dependent variables selected for this study were speed and agility. All the subjects were tested prior to and immediately after the experimental period on the selected dependent variables. The data obtained from the experimental groups before and after the experimental period were statistically analyzed with dependent “t”-test and Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). Whenever the “F” ratio for adjusted post-test means was found to be significant, the Scheffe‟s Post hoc test was applied to determine the paired mean differences. The level of confidence was fixed at 0.05 level for all the cases. The result of the study also revealed that there was a significant improvement on Speed and Agility after the yogic practice, yogic practice and significant difference was found between the training groups on Speed and agility in favour of yogic practice.