Back strength and its association with selected anthropometric and physical fitness variables in Bodo tribal girls

The purpose of the study was to measure Back strength and its association with selected anthropometric and physical fitness variables in Bodo tribal girls of India. For the purpose of the study thirty five (35) college going Bodo Tribal girls age ranging 15-18 years) were selected from Nalbari district of Assam India. As a criterion measure; back strength was measured by “isometric back strength test” (Nelson & Johnson 2007). to the nearest sec. Anthropometrical characteristics such as the height was recorded by using stadiometer to the nearest 0.1 c.m. Weight was measured by standard weighing machine to the nearest 0.1 k.g. BMI was calculated by using formula weight (k.g)/height2(m2). Hip circumference was measured by using flexible metallic steel tape in nearest c.m. As a physical fitness variable hamstring muscle flexibility is measured by “sit & reach” test in nearest inch; and abdominal muscle endurance was recorded using 60 second sit up test in repetitions per minute (Nelson & Johnson 2007).  To find out the significant relationship between back strength and selected anthropometric and physical fitness variables, standard descriptive statistics (Mean ± Standard deviation) and Pearson’s Correlation Coefficient (“r”) statistics was applied at 0.05 level of confidence. Result indicated that, there was significant relationship exist between back strength and height, BMI, hip circumference and abdominal muscle endurance whereas no significant relationship was fond between back strength and weight and hamstring muscle flexibility in Bodo tribal girls of India.
Key words: Back strength, Anthropometric, Physical fitness, Bodo tribal.
Authors: Pulen Das, Dr. Mahesh. S. Khetmalis, Dr. Jitendra Pratap Singh
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