Effect of Cross Training Techniques in Novice Runners
Materials and Method: 60 novice runners were randomly selected and divided in two groups, one experimental and one control group. Control group was trained only with sports specific exercises while in experimental group a non sports specific exercise was added. Athletes were trained for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks effects of cross training were observed on the speed of the runners.
Results: The mean values of muscle strength, muscle power and speed for control group are 4.5±4.01, 0.016±0.029 and 0.73±0.069 respectively. The mean values of muscle strength, muscle power and speed for experimental group are 8.83±5.031, 0.038±0.053 and 0.205±0.0156 respectively. Unpaired T-test was used to compare results of control group and experimental group. The results of unpaired t-test were as follows:
Muscle strength: 3.62 (≤0.05)≤
Muscle power: 1.948 (≤0.05)
Speed: 4.13 (≤0.05)
Conclusion & Clinical Significance: It has been concluded on the basis of outcome measures and statistical results that cross training exercises will help runners to improve their muscle strength, muscle power and speed.
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