Author(s): Deepali Tamrakar, Prachi Sathe, Abhinav Sathe and D Vijay Kumar
Abstract: Introduction: A traditional South-Asian indigenous sport named as Pittuhas a unique place in Indian culture. It is known by different names around India such as seven stones, lagori, Ellu Kallu etc. The aim of this study was to assess the flexibility in pittu players using sit and reach test. This test is a field test to measure hamstring and lower back flexibility. This test is helpful in determining a person’s risk for pain and injury as well as to enhance the players performance. Methods: A correlation study was conducted where we included 51 pittu players of both sexes between the ages of 14-24 years. In which 33 were male and 18 were female. The sit and reach test required the use of a specially constructed box which is known as sit and reach box. We conducted a sit and reach test on each participant and collected data to evaluate flexibility and demographic variables. Results: The study represents a negative correlation between flexibility and demographic variables, specifically protein (p=0.051) and body water (p=0.027) and a positive correlation with height (p=0.039). A significant difference (p<0.05) was observed for height, weight, BMI and flexibility between males and females. Conclusion: This study concludes that a significant relationship between flexibility and demographic variables is found in pittu players. This information might be useful to identify talent and evaluate performance in sports players.