Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2015, Volume: 8, Issue: 17, Pages: 1-6
Sheetal 1 and Lal Manohar2*
1 Department of Physical Education, Government Degree College, Kathua - 184101, Jammu, India; [email protected]
2 Department of Physical Education, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara - 144001, Punjab, India; [email protected]
Objectives: The purpose of this investigation was to study the effect of 8-week Yogic practices on hematological variables and lipid profile of university level sports persons. Methods: Pretest and posttest design was used. Experimental group (N = 10) allowed to undergo yogic practices for 8 weeks (six days a week), while control group (N = 10) maintained their daily routine activities. The selectedHematological variables thatis White Blood Cells and Red Blood Cells and Lipid profile thatis High Density Lipoprotein and Low Density Lipoprotein were examined by laboratory tests. For the analysis of data paired ‘t’ test was applied. Findings: There was insignificant reduction of white blood cells in experimental group [pretest value (8.69 x 109 /L) and posttest value (8.66 x 109 /L)], but the numbers of red blood cells has significantly improved in experimental group [pretest value (4.46 x 1012 /L) and posttest value (4.59 x 1012 /L)] after 8 week yogic training (P<0.05). With the yogic practices high density lipoprotein has also significantly improved in experimental group [pretest value (37 mg/dl) and posttest value (55.40 mg/dl)] at (P<0.05). The low density lipoprotein has shown significant decrease in experimental group [pretest value (98.50 mg/dl) and posttest value (89.30 mg/dl)] after 8 week yogic training (P<0.05.) From the results, it can be predicted that, yoga practice is a cost-effective method which can be helpful to improve performance in sportsperson, especially in endurance sports. Conclusion: These results demonstrate that yogic practices enhance the Red blood cells and high density lipoprotein level and help to decrease the low density lipoprotein level among the sportsmen.
Keywords: High Density Lipoprotein, Low Density Lipoprotein, Red Blood Cells, Sportsmen, White Blood Cells, Yogic Practices
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