The aim of the study was to ascertain the association of physiological parameters with the throwing performance among the male softball players.
Total 150 male university and national level softball players of different universities and states of India were selected thorough purposive sampling technique. The average age of the softball players was 20.89±1.54 years. Physiological parameters namely vital capacity, aerobic fitness (VO2max), speed, explosive strength, flexibility and grip strength were assessed using standardized tests. Throwing skill of the players was assessed with the AAHPERD softball skill test battery. Karl Pearson’s product moment co-efficient of correlation was computed to assess the relationship between physiological parameters and throwing skill test of softball among the softball players. Significance levels were set at p<0.05.
Results: Physiological parameters such as aerobic fitness (r = 0.250, p=0.002), speed (r = -0.265, p=0.001), explosive strength (r = 0.369, p=0.000), flexibility (r = 0.281, p=0.000) and grip strength of both right (r = 0.401, p=0.000) and left hand (r = 0.361, p=0.000) had a significant relationship with throwing skill test of the male softball players whereas vital capacity did not show significant correlation with the throwing skill test in the male softball players.