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. T. Ayyappan Research Scholar, Dept of Physical Education (Part Time) Nallamuthu Gounder Mahalingam College Pollachi Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India Dr R.Ashok Kumar Director of Physical Education ( Research Guide) Nallamuthu Gounder Mahalingam Col


Physical fitness is one of the components of the total fitness of the individual, which also includes mutual, social and emotional fitness. It is one of the basic requirements of life broadly speaking it means the ability to carry out our daily tasks without under fatigue. Strength endurance is required in all sports movement, whether fast or slow, movements have to be done under lesser or higher conditions of fatigue. Agility is a combination of several athletic traits such as strength, reaction time, speed of movement, power and co-ordination.  It‘s display becomes essential in such movements as dodging, zigzag running, stopping and starting and changing body positions quickly.Plyometric is a method of developing explosive power, an important component of the athletic performance as plyometric movements are performed in a wide spectrum of sports. In Cricket, it can be played more skillfully when players have the power that combines with strength and speed to develop explosive power for participating in various sports activities. The plyometric exercises improve significantly in developing physical fitness variables of Cricket players.The purpose of the study was to find out the effect of plyometric training on selected physical fitness variables among Cricket players. To achieve this purpose, thirty male Cricket players were selected as subjects, their aged between 18 to 25 years, they are studying in the Govt. Arts College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The selected subjects were divided into two equal groups of fifteen subjects each, namely plyometric training group and control group. The plyometric training group trained for three sets per exercise per session at 60 to 80% with a progressive increase in load with the number of weeks. Strength endurance and agility were selected as criterion variables and they were tested by using sit-ups and shuttle run respectively. ANCOVA was used to find out the significant difference if any between the groups. The results of the study showed that there was a significant difference on strength endurance and agility between plyometric  training group and control group.


Key words: Plyometric training, Physical fitness, Strength Endurance, Agility.

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