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"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"

2021, Vol. 8, Issue 1, Part B

Influence of sports clubs in developing physical fitness of youth belong to rural area


Author(s): Dr. K Bijukumar

Abstract: Introduction: Cross-sectional studies detected associations between physical fitness, living area, and sports participation in children. Yet, their scientific value is limited because the identification of cause-and-effect relationships is not possible. In a longitudinal approach, this study examined the effects of living area and sports club participation on physical fitness development in the youth between the age group of 18-25.
Methods & Materials: One-hundred and fifty (age: 18–25 years; sex: 150 boys) were tested for their physical fitness (i.e., endurance [12 min run], speed [50 m sprint], lower- [standing broad jump] and upper-extremity muscle strength [shot put], flexibility [stand-and-reach], and coordination [shuttle run]). Living area (i.e., urban / rural) and sports club participation were assessed using questionnaire.
Results: Over the one year study period, urban compared to rural community showed significantly better performance development for upper- (p = 0.009, ES = 0.16) and lower-extremity strength (p < 0.001, ES = 0.22). Further, significantly better performance development were found for endurance (p = 0.08, ES = 0.19) and lower-extremity strength (p = 0.024, ES = 0.23) for the youth continuously participating in sports clubs compared to their non-participating peers.
Conclusions: This study findings suggest that sport club programs with appealing arrangements appear to represent a good means to promote physical fitness in children living in rural areas.


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Dr. K Bijukumar. Influence of sports clubs in developing physical fitness of youth belong to rural area. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2021;8(1):70-72.
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