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Morphological characteristics and grip strength of physical education students

Physical activity is often recommended as a strategy for maintaining active life style. Although associations among physical activity and hand grip strength have been documented among adults and children, they have not been studied extensively in college aged physical education populations. This study employed an ethnically diverse sample of 290 male college level (mean age 23.70 years) physical education students from eight teacher’s training institution, situated in West Bengal, India to examine the relationship among different morphological characteristics to hand grip strength. Results indicate that the mean value of the hand grip strength of physical education student was higher in the right hand (50.08) than left hand (47.37). BMI, % body fat, lean body mass, % skeletal muscle mass, endomorphy and mesomorphy were significantly positive correlations (p≤0.01) with both hand grip strength. Whereas both hand grip strength had significantly negative correlation (p≤0.01) with ectomorphy component. The mean somatotype of the physical education student is endomorphic mesomorph (3.78-4.73-2.87).

Author(s): Sukanta Saha

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