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The Effect of Altitude on Growth of Anthropometric and Motor Performance of 14 Year Old Adolescence

The intention of the study was to find out the difference in some anthropometric measurements including bone length, skinfolds and motor performance of 14 years old boys of Darjeeling. The samples are school students. Researcher had taken 112 male students each from Sukhia Pokhari Higher Secondary School (Alt.-7200 ft), Trunbull higher Secondary school (Alt.-6700 ft), Jnanpith High school (Alt.-3000 ft) and Kadamtala High School (Alt.-430 ft). Researcher had measured height and weight as personal data and measured length of Sitting Height, Foot Length, Acromiale-Radiale, Radiale-Stylion Radiale, Midstylion-Dactylion, Trochanterion-Tibiale Laterale, Tibiale Mediale-Sphyrion Tibiale, Tibiale Laterale Height, skinfold measurements of Triceps Skinfold Thickness, Biceps Skinfold Thickness, Subscapular Skinfold Thickness, Iliac creast Skinfold Thickness, Supra spinale Skinfold Thickness, Abdominal Skinfold Thickness and Medial calf Skinfold Thickness and similarly the motor performance including 50 m dash, Standing broad jump, Sit ups and Shuttle run. It has been observed that there were significant differences in growth of foot length, acromiale radiale, radiale-stylion radiale, midstylion-dactylion, trochanterion-tibiale laterale and tiabiale medsphyrion tibiale. There is significant fat accumulation of fat on medial calf region due to altitude difference. Researcher also got significant difference in performance of shuttle run and sit ups performance due to variation in altitude.


Jyan Chandra Gurung

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