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2021, Vol. 8, Issue 3, Part F

Body physique and nutritional status of Naga wrestlers: A case study of the Chakhesang tribe of Nagaland, India


Author(s): Vivoto Tsukru, Venekholu Khesoh, Johnsly Well Dkhar, Dhruba Kumar Limbu and Khriekemhie-u K Mary

Abstract: The present study was conducted among the Chakhesang wrestlers and the controlled group of Phek district, Nagaland. This study aims to describe the variation in body physique and nutritional status of the traditional Naga-style wrestlers and the controlled group. Altogether, 52 each prominent wrestlers and non-wrestlers aged between 18 and 34 years were included in the present study. Heath-Carter method of somatotyping was employed to determine body physique. Nutritional status was determined using BMI classification for the Asian population given by WHO. Significant variations at different levels of probability were observed in all the anthropometric measurements included in the present study between the wrestlers and the controlled group. Significant variations were also found in BMI (p<0.01), endomorphy (p<0.01), mesomorphy (p<0.05) and ectomorphy (p<0.01). Wrestlers are generally mesomorph-ectomorph and the controlled group is ectomorphic-mesomorph. High percentages occurrence of overweight (38.5%) and obesity (53.8%) was observed among the wrestlers. Despite the coexistence of under nutrition and over nutrition, nutritional status of the controlled group is relatively good. In both the studied groups, age effect on body physique and BMI was observed. Further, it was observed that both the endomorphy and mesomorphy components show increment with the increase in BMI levels, whereas, ectomorphy decreases as BMI increases.

DOI: 10.22271/kheljournal.2021.v8.i3f.2110

Pages: 374-379  |  135 Views  18 Downloads

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How to cite this article:
Vivoto Tsukru, Venekholu Khesoh, Johnsly Well Dkhar, Dhruba Kumar Limbu, Khriekemhie-u K Mary. Body physique and nutritional status of Naga wrestlers: A case study of the Chakhesang tribe of Nagaland, India. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2021;8(3):374-379. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22271/kheljournal.2021.v8.i3f.2110
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