Games and sports are mainly used in physical education programs. In many countries dance has been included also as a physical education activity. In our county this is not yet done. Indian classical dances provide vigorous movements in addition to gracefulness and rhythm. By regular participating and practicing classical dances are aerobic activities some changes happens in some body composition variable. Among motor performance variables hand reaction time, foot reaction time and speed of movement and among anthropometry and body composition variables like Standing height, Body weight, Lean body mass, Body density and Percentage of body fat were taken into consideration for the present study. Present study was planned to study are analyze the selected anthropometry and body composition variables of female Katthak dancers and compare them with those of the athletes and sedentary females. Twenty-five Katthak dancers, twenty-five athletes and twenty-five sedentary females were selected as subjects for the present study. The subjects of all the groups were within the age ranged from 16 to 19 years. The mean heights of subjects were 154.77 cm for Dance group,163.95 cm for athlete group and 152.10 cm for sedentary group. Mean body weights of the subjects were 47.325 kg for dance group, 46.150 kg for athlete and 45.825 kg for sedentary group. According to the results of the study the athlete group was significantly better in standing height, lean body mass and percentage of body fat than the dance group and sedentary group. On the other hand the dance group was found little bit higher in body weight than athletic and sedentary group. In case of motor performance variables, dance group was better in hand and foot reaction time. So Indian classical dance –Katthak might be effective to reduce fat, for better concentration, reaction time and make someone fit.
KeywordsLean body mass Percentage of body fat Concentration Reaction Time Katthak Dance
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