p-ISSN: 1300-0551
e-ISSN: 2587-1498

Jyotsna Aggarwala1, Meenu Dhingra1, Vaishali Bhatia2, Usra Hasan2, Subhra Chatterjee1

1Sports Authority of India, Human Performance Laboratory, New Delhi, India
2Amity University, Amity Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, Noida, India

Keywords: Kabaddi, physiology, aerobic power, anaerobic power, playing position


The present study was undertaken to evaluate and compare selected physical and physiological variables in Indian male junior kabaddi players according to their different playing positions, and to establish relationships between those variables.

Materials and Methods: The present study was carried out on 24 male kabaddi players namely all-rounders (n=9, 17.2 ± 1.8 years), raiders (n= 7, 16.3 ± 2.0 years) and covers (n= 8, 17.1 ± 2.5 years). The variables studied on these players include height, body mass, body mass index, body fat ratio, muscle mass, aerobic power (VO2max), maximum, minimum and average anaerobic power, fatigue index following standard protocols.

Results: Significant difference (p=0.001) was observed only in VO2max when compared among the groups. Significant strong positive correlations were found for muscle mass with maximum anaerobic power (r=0.761, p<0.001), minimum anaerobic power (r=0.714, p<0.001) and average anaerobic power (r=0.799, p<0.001) while moderate significant correlation with fatigue index emerged (r=0.526, p= 0.008). A significant strong positive correlation was found between body mass and average anaerobic power (r=0.712, p<0.001) while significant moderate positive correlations with maximum anaerobic power (r=0.63, p=0.001) and minimum anaerobic power (r=0.692, p<0.001) were depicted. BMI was found to have significant positive moderate correlations with minimum anaerobic power (r=0.546, p= 0.006) and average anaerobic power (r=0.456, p=0.022).

Conclusion: The present study was conducted to provide a reference to coaches to enhance and compare performance of kabaddi players based on their specific requirements.

Cite this article as: Aggarwala J, Dhingra M, Bhatia V, et.al. Analysis of physical and physiological requirements of Indian male junior kabaddi players in relation to their playing positions. Turk J Sports Med. 2019;54(4):215-24.