Comparative Study to Find out the Effectiveness of Core Strengthening Training (Pilates) versus Plyometric training to Promote Dynamic Balance and Agility in Elite Indian Badminton Players
Keywords:Badminton player, Elite, Core endurance, Pilates training, Plyometric training
The ability to change direction and position of the body quickly and effectively while maintaining postural
stability and orientation are important in badminton sports. There is also harmony related to skill and plan
achievement during dynamic balance and agility. Purpose: The purpose of the study to ascertain the effects
of core strengthening training (Pilates) versus Plyometric training in promoting dynamic balance and agility
in elite Indian badminton players. Study design: Quasi experimental design. Methodology: 34 subjects who
met the inclusion and exclusion criteria were allotted to the study. General Assessment Proforma like AGE,
HEIGHT, WEIGHT, LEVEL OF COMPETITION, HOURS OF PRACTICE, MEDICAL AND SURGICAL
HISTORY, AND LIMB LENGTH MEASUREMENTS (ASIS TO MEDIAL MALLEOLUS) are collected
from each players. The subjects were divided into two equal groups. Group A was given CST (Pilates) and
Group B Plyometric training. Outcome measures were taken before and after the program schedule of 2
sessions alternately in 1 week for 6 week. Outcome measures: Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT), Core
Muscle Endurance Test (CMET), Illinois Agility Test (IAT). Results:- In Group A (Pilates) and Group B
(Plyometric), all data was expressed as mean ±SD and was statistically analyzed by using paired t-test and
unpaired t-test to determine the statistical difference among the parameters at 0.05% level of significance.
Statistical data of SEBT, CMET, and IAT in badminton players shows that, there was no significant difference
between the groups, but both were individually effective with p<0.05 i.e 95% of significant. Conclusion:-In
this study, we concluded that both the groups were equally effective in promoting dynamic balance, core
endurance and agility in elite Indian badminton players, no, one treatment program is proved to be superior
than the other statistically.
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