Effects of Plyometric Training on Selected Motor Components in Semi-Professional Kabaddi Players – A Randomised Control Study


  • Thirulogachandar Gunasekar
  • Shivaranjani Balamurugan




Agility, Explosive power, Kabbadi players, Plyometric training, , Sprint,.


Background: In Kabaddi, players requirequick reflexes, dynamic balance, agility, neuromuscular
coordination and individual proficiency.Plyometric exercises wereutilized to enhance sportsperformance by
eliciting numerous positive changes in neural and musculoskeletal system of healthyplayers. The purpose
of this study was to evaluate the effects of Plyometric training on selected motor components in semiprofessional
Kabaddi players.
Methods: 30semi-professional Kabaddi players with an age range of 12-20 years were assigned randomly
as Group A performed plyometric training and Group B did their regular training programs. Agility, sprint,
explosive power were measured before and after the intervention by agility ‘t’ test, 60m sprint test and
sargent jump test respectively.
Results: Group A showed significant improvement in agility time (p=0.021; <0.05), Sprinting time
(p=0.0001; <0.05) and jumping performance (p=0.0004; <0.05), and that of group B.
Conclusion: This study proved that the plyometric training is effective in improving Agility, Sprint and
Explosive power in semi-professional kabaddi players.

Author Biographies

Thirulogachandar Gunasekar

Assistant Professor, ACS College of Physiotherapy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Shivaranjani Balamurugan

Senior Resident (Clinical Physiotherapist), Panimalar Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Varadharajapuram, Poonamallee,Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India