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EFFECT OF SELECTED PHYSICAL, TECHNICAL AND MOTOR FITNESS VARIABLES ON THE PREDICTION OF POLE VAULTING PERFORMANCE OF MEN
  1. S Ibrahim,
  2. A Kanniyan
  1. King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Abstract

The trends in Athletic Performance, skilled techniques, standards and records has drastically transformed with elite athletes reaching levels which are mind blowing. This is the net result of new innovate track equipment, methods and scientific training and coaching. The inherent ability of individuals predominantly differs and has to be channelized for best results. The identification of potentials is combined responsibility of scientists and educationalists. The main purpose of the study was to find out certain performance variables that would contribute for the development of pole vaulting performance of men. Methods A total of 15 State elite Pole Vaulters were randomly selected as subjects for the study. The dependable variable was the performance of the subject in pole vault and the independent variable selected for the study were speed, height, weight, arm power, leg explosive power, hip flexibility, abdominal endurance, hand grip, effective hand grip and push-off. The Pearson product moment correlation was employed to determine the relationship between the criterion variable and the predictor variables. The multiple regression equation to predict the maximum vaulting height was developed with selected predictor variable. The level of significance was fixed 0.05. Results: The multiple regression analysis showed that the height of the hand grip, push-off and speed were strong predictors of maximum vaulting height. The results also showed that there are many influencing factors of hand grip on the pole like speed, strength, coordination, height of vaulter and the method of pole shift and plant. The push off and speed showed high degree of correlation with performance in pole vault. Conclusion: It was concluded that the speed, height of the hand grip on the pole and push off are very important predictors of reaching maximum height in the event.

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