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n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Role of physical fitness parameters in squash performance

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1117-4315

Abstract

The game of squash is considered to be a very physical demanding sport and factors other than skill could influence the performance of squash players. The present study assessed the physical fitness parameters of squash players to determine the relationship between any of the measured physical fitness variables and the overall performance of the sampled squash players based on their club ranking. Ten college-aged males (23.4 ± 3.47 years) were sampled and their static balance, dynamic balance, agility, response time and acceleration assessed using the static Stork Stand Balance test, Dynamic Star Excursion Balance test, Illinois Agility test, standard ruler drop response time test and 10m acceleration test, respectively. Results indicated that static balance was 11.66 ± 5.24 sec, dynamic balance of the right leg was 89.77 ± 7.94 cm, left leg dynamic balance was 87.69 ± 10.59 cm, agility was 15.87 ± 0.47 sec, response time was 11.6 ± 3.95cm and acceleration was 1.96 ± 0.17 sec. Further, the study demonstrated that there is a direct correlation between the rankings of the squash players and the Star Excursion balance test performed with the left leg (p = 0.006), the left leg limb length (p = 0.023) and right leg limb length (p = 0.041) of the players. This may indicate that the dynamic balance of the left leg may be one of the key factors for optimal squash performance. Although squash factors other than skill could influence the performance of squash players, some physical fitness parameters may be more essential than others in squash performance.

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2014-09-01
2019-10-15

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