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Enhancement in Shooting ability of Basketball players through Meditation

Author Affiliations

  • 1Physical Education, Anurag Group of Institutions, Hyderabad, India
  • 2Physical Education, Anurag Group of Institutions, Hyderabad, India

Res. J. of Physical Education Sci., Volume 4, Issue (4), Pages 1-4, May,23 (2016)

Abstract

Concentration has been defined as "the ability to direct one's thinking in whatever direction one would intend". Mediation is defined as the art of focusing in one particular area with complete attention without any deviation. This privileged art comes with innumerous well-known physical and mental benefits which include increase in individual concentration, decrease in negative emotions like anxiety and increase in positive emotions which cause happiness. This study has been designed to train Basketball players mentally through Meditation and compare their shooting abilities which results in determining the impact of Meditation on shooting ability. To serve the purpose of this study, a total of 30 regular male Basketball players pursuing graduation have been chosen as sample. They were divided into two equal groups namely the control group and experimental group. Both the groups have undergone selected Basketball Shooting Skill tests and the scores were taken as the pre-test scores. Later in addition to their regular training, the experimental group was trained for Basic Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation and Concentration Meditation for duration of six weeks. After the completion of 6 weeks both the groups were again tested for Shooting skill tests and their performances were noted as post-test scores. The comparison between the pre-test and post-test scores of both the groups using the suitable statistical techniques revealed that six-week meditation training had an appreciable effect on shooting ability of Basketball players.

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