Effect of plyometric training on the agility of male squash players
Deepika P Metange, Rushabh S Shah, Medha V Deo
Different sports requires different ways of training. Squash is one of the sports which challenges the person’s stamina, strength, reflexes, balance and agility. Agility is important in a sports like squash as in a single rally it requires multiple sprints, lunges, turns and changes of direction to hit the ball. Plyometric exercises are used in sport-specific training to enhance power and performance. The present study was carried out to study the effect of plyometric training on the agility of male squash players. 40 male squash players were included in the study and divided into two groups. Experimental group underwent regular training with addedplyometric training and control group underwent regular training for a period of six weeks. Student’s t-test was used to compare agility scores of the two groups. The results demonstrated significant difference in agility scores of experimental group (p<0.0001) as compared to control group (p=0.17). On comparing agility scores between two groups (p<0.0001) it demonstrated that experimental group had significantly better agility scores as compared to the control group. The study concludes that plyometric training along with conventional training yields better improvement in agility compared to conventional training alone.