An analytical study of relationship of selected anthropometric measurement and general motor ability to basketball playing ability
Author(s): Dr. Ajaypal Upadhyay
Abstract: The aim of the present study was to find out the interrelationship of selected anthropometric measurement and general motor ability to Basketball playing ability. There would be significant relationship of selected anthropometric measurement and motor ability to the performance of Basketball players. Twenty Basketball players who represented in Inter-collegiate Basketball Tournament conducted by Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati, Maharashtra, were selected as subjects for the present study. The tests were employed to the subjects immediately after the tournament was over. The ages of the subjected participated in this study ranged from 18 to 25 years. All the subjects involved in the present study were physically fit for tests to be administered to them. This was a statistical study for the relationship of two groups. Anthropometric measurement and motor ability components to performance of Basketball players, related to criterion measure, weight and crucial index of the players did not correlate with performance as the coefficient of correlation of weight and crucial index of the players did not correlate with performance as the coefficient of correlation of weight and crural index with playing ability performance was 0.169 and 0.017 respectively, whereas height, arm length, leg length, thigh length, foreleg length of an individual correlated quite satisfactorily with performance in Basketball playing ability as their coefficient of correlation were 0.898, 0.798, 0.961, 0.753 and 0.807 respectively. Significant correlation with selected motor ability components i.e., speed (0.84, agility (0.671) and eyehand coordination (0.751). On the basis of the results of the present study and within the limitations identified, the following conclusions were drawn. The speed, agility, eye-hand coordination, height, arm length, leg length, thigh length and foreleg length were significantly correlated with Basketball playing ability performance. The anthropometric measurements i.e., weight and crucial index were not significantly related to Basketball playing ability performance.