Rhythm Ability among District, State and National level of Track and Field Athletes: – A Comparative study

The purpose of the study was to compare the selected Rhythm Ability of track and field athletes at different levels of achievement. It was hypothesized that there may be no significant difference in Rhythm Ability of track and field athletes at different levels of achievement. For the purpose of the study, 90 male track and field athletes from Gujarat were selected as a subject. Thirty athlete (n=30) from district level and thirty athlete (n=30) from state level participated as subjects for the study. Hence, purposive sampling technique was considered for selection of subjects. The age of the subjects was ranged from 15-18 years. Descriptive statistics was used to process the data prior to employing inferential statistics. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was used to compare Rhythm Ability of track and field players of different level on selected criterion variables separately. Level of significance was set at 0.05. It is evident from table-16 that significant difference were found between the Rhythmic Ability of District & State (0.0567), District & National (0.2017) and State & National level (0.1450).The observed sequence of performance of Rhythmic Ability in three groups is District>State> National. It may be concluded that Rhythmic Ability the national level players have better rhythmic ability due to their better neuromuscular coordination rhythmic sense and balance. The executions of skills are much better for these players than their lower level counterparts.
Key words: Rhythm Ability, National level athlete, State level athlete, District level athlete.
Authors: Praveen Kumar Mishra
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