Relationship of Anthropometric Characteristics and Kinematic Variables with Spiking of Volleyball Players

Arvind Bahadur Singh, Satchidananda Behera


The purpose of the study was to determine the relationship of anthropometric characteristics and kinematics variables with spiking of volleyball players. The subjects were twelve male junior national volleyball players (average height 177.19 cm, weight 64.35 kg, age below19 years old). All subjects had participated in 39th Junior National Championship for boys and girls held at Shari Dungargarh, Bikaner; Rajasthan (India) from 22-12-2012 to 28-12-2012. 12 volleyball players from Uttrrakhand representing their states in under-19 national tournament were selected by purposive sampling method. In this study the spiking performance of the subject recorded by subjective judgment criterion. The performance of spike was recorded by the score in the spike which obtained by using three point scales by the three judges. Three spikes were recorded for each volleyball player and the recorded mean of the scores for trial was performance of spiker as there is no established standard test to test the spike.  The anthropometrics characteristics measured by anthropometry equipments (Rosscraft Innovations Company, Canada). Two High speed video camera with tripod (Sony Model- 3CCD and Casio Exilim EX-F1) used for videography of spike. Silicon coach Pro-7, motion analyzer software powered by Silicon coach Ltd. was used for video analysis. The results show that  the value of co-efficient of correlation of selected anthropometrics characteristics with off speed spike performance were  standing height(0.612), sitting height (0.343),and body weight (0.022), Where tabulated value at10 degree of freedom at .05 level of significance is 0.553. The value of co-efficient of correlation of selected angular kinematics variables at moment of ball contact in hitting phase spike were right ankle joint (-0.321), right Knee joint (0.564), right hip joint(-0.117), shoulder joint (-0.070), elbow joint (-0.641) and body inclination (-0.335), whereas tabulated value for 10 degree of freedom at .05 level of significance is 0.553. It is suggested that results from this study can provide useful information for coaches to train volleyball players in off speed spike.

Keywords: Kinematic, Anthropometrics Characteristics and Off speed spike

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