A Comparative Study of Physical Fitness between Youth of North Eastern and Northern Regions of India | Original Article
The future of a nation depends upon the future of its children. Proper upbringing of the children goes a long way in the development and well-being of a nation, participation in physical education & sports programme is essential for realizing true potential. Every nation is becoming increasingly concerned about the physical fitness of its youth, recognizing that the physical fitness is fundamental and contributory to happy and useful living in any capacity. The purpose of the study was to compare the physical fitness between youth of north-eastern and northern regions of India. For the purpose of study 60 subjects (30 from each region) were selected to serve as the subjects. Their age was ranged between 17 to 21 years. The study was delimited to the seven physical fitness variables namely, Flexibility, Abdominal Strength Endurance, Leg Explosive Strength, Arms & Shoulder Strength Endurance, Agility, Cardio Vascular Endurance and Speed. For measuring these variables Sit and Reach Test, Bent Knee Sit-Ups Test, Standing Broad Jump Test, Pull Ups Test, Shuttle Run Test, One Mile Walk/Run Test and 50 Meter Dash Run Test were used respectively. The reliability was established using test-retest method. To find out the significant differences between the youth of north eastern and northern regions of India, t-test was employed at 0.05 level of significance. The statistical analysis of data revealed that the youth of both of the regions had no significant difference in relation with the Flexibility and Agility, whereas in Abdominal Strength Endurance, Leg Explosive Strength, Arm & Shoulder Strength Endurance, Cardio Vascular Endurance and Speed significant difference was found.