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Body Composition and Somatotype of Kho-Kho Players in Relation to their Performance

Author Affiliations

  • 1Lovely Professional University, Department of Physical Education, Phagwara, Punjab, INDIA

Res. J. of Physical Education Sci., Volume 3, Issue (8), Pages 5-8, August,23 (2015)


The aim of present investigation was to examine the somatotype and body composition between medalist and non medalist kho-kho players. This study included 72 kho-kho players of All India Inter-University, including medalists (N=36) and non medalists (N=36). Each player was tested on various anthropometric measurements necessary for the estimation of somatotype and body composition. The results indicated that medalist kho kho players were older (1 year), taller (1cm) and significantly heavier (2kg) than non medalist kho kho players. It has been found that medalists were dominant on mesomorph component, however non medalists were dominant on endomorph and ectomorph component, and differences were found insignificant. These medalists had insignificantly higher bone mass and subcutaneous tissue, and having significantly more muscle development than the non medalists. This study suggests that the optimum stature and body weight play significant role in performance of kho kho players. Finding also indicated that medalist kho-kho players were more mesomorphic and having more muscle development than non medalist players. It has been found that non-medalist players were possessed more fat percentage and have linear physique than medalist players.


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