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MEDICINA DELLO SPORT
A Journal on Sports Medicine
Official Journal of the Italian Sports Medicine Federation
Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, EMBASE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Medicina dello Sport 2014 March;67(1):47-59
language: English, Italian
Cardiovascular fitness and explosive power characteristics of Nigerian badminton players
Abdullahi Y. 1, Toriola A. L. 2, Igbokwe N. U. 3 ✉
1 Department of Physical and Health Education, Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Nigeria;
2 Department of Sport, Rehabilitation and Dental Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa;
3 Department of Physical and Health Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
AIM: This study was designed to assess the cardiovascular fitness and explosive power characteristics of 20 male and 9 female Nigerian badminton players who participated in the selection trials for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
METHODS: The following standardized measurements were taken: 20 m multi-stage shuttle run test, vertical jump (VJ) and standing long jump (LJ). Descriptive statistics and Pearson’s correlation coefficient (r) were computed. A series of paired t-tests was also computed to examine gender differences in the cardiovascular and motor fitness among the players. Findings yielded significant correlations between the players’ cardiovascular fitness and explosive power (VJ: r=0.81; LJ: r=0.40; P<0.05).
RESULTS: The male players had superior mean VO2max (58.8±6.4 mLO2.kg-1.min-1) and explosive power (VJ) (56.4±6.6 cm) than the female players (VO2max: 45.6±3 mLO2.kg-1.min-1; VJ: 38.8±4.3) (P<0.05).
CONCLUSION: In general, the national players were significantly fitter than the state players (P<0.05). Implications of the findings for designing badminton training program targetted at optimising the players’ fitness levels and competitive performance are discussed.