Original Research Article
Year: 2016 | Month: March | Volume: 3 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 89-91
Static Balance and Flexibility of Teen Aged Yoga Students and Bharatnatyam Dancers: A Comparative Analysis
Assistant Professor, State Institute of Physical Education for Women, Hastings House, 20B Judges Court Road, Alipore, Kolkata, India.
Objective: The purpose of the study was to compare the static balance and flexibility between teen aged yoga students and Bharatnatyam dancers.
Methodology: For these purpose a total of thirty five (N=35) teen aged female students were selected randomly from two different districts of West Bengal. Among them eighteen were the Yoga students (N=18) and seventeen were the Bharatnattyam dancers (N=17). The average age of the yoga s tudents was 16.47 yrs and Bharatnatyam dancers were 15.59 yrs. Static balance and flexibility were considered as criterion measure for the present study. Stork stand test and modified sit and reach test were used to measure the parameters static balance and flexibility respectively. Mean and standard deviation were used as descriptive statistics and significance of difference between group means was analyzed by t-test. Only 0.05 level of significance was considered in this study.
Results: Result revealed that yoga students had higher level of static balance (Mn=20.46 Sec & SD=14.20) and flexibility (Mn=45.38 cm & SD=5.51) than the Bharatnatyam dancers (Mn=16.82 Sec & SD=10.33 and Mn=41.88 cm & SD=4.84 respectively) and difference between means for flexibility (t=2.05) was significant statistically (p<0.05) but mean difference for static balance between two groups (t=0.89) was not significant statistically (p>0.05).
Conclusion: From the findings it was concluded that teen aged girls who participated Yoga on regular basis had significant higher level of flexibility than the girls who participate Bharatnatyam dance occasionally.
Key words:Static balance, Flexibility, Bharatnatyam dancer, Yoga students, Teen aged girls.