Relationship of Physical Fitness with Skill Performance of Ethiopian Basketball Players in Reference to Amhara Region | Original Article
Basketball game requires physical fitness of the players. The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between physical fitness variables with the skill performance of Ethiopian basketball players search in Amhara regional state. The sample for this study consists of 200 male basketball players by proportional sampling method across different parts of the region. Aged 18-28 were select as a subject. The study consists of dependent variable, namely skill performance of basketball players assessed by AAHPED basketball skill test battery (1984) and eight independent variables namely hand strength, leg strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, agility, power and speed. the test selected for assessing the physical fitness variable were hand strength assessed by hand grip dynamometer, Leg strength assessed by broad jump, endurance assessed by 12 minute run, flexibility assessed by sit and rich test, balance assed by stork balance, agility assed by shuttle run power assessed by vertical jump and speed assed by 50 meter run. SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Science) version 20 was used for analysis. To determine the relationship between dependent variable and independent variable Pearson product moment correlation was used. Variables having p-value of ≤ 0.05 was considered as significant. The result indicted that all variables have positively and negatively correlated and statistically significant. Hand strength, leg strength, endurance, power and balance were highly significantly correlated with skill performance of basketball whereas flexibly, speed and agility were negatively and significantly correlated.