For serious competitive athlete concerns about energy go beyond health or desirable physical activity. It is imperative that energy intake supports the training and competitive schedule which will allow the athlete to achieve his personal best. Maintaining adequate energy levels, weight loss and weight gain can have profound consequence and significance. Coaches, athletes and sports scientists are all interested in fulfilling the energy requirement of athlete more adequately. The purpose in the present study had made an attempt to find out the concentration of sodium (important serum electrolyte) in the blood of districts, states and national level footballers in Haryana state.
Material and Method: To fulfill the purpose of study total blood sample of 120 at different level footballers (age 17±2 year, range 15-19 years) has been collected. For the collection of blood sample the investigator has visited various tournaments i.e. district level football competition (open & school), state level football competition (Haryana senior state & school sports), and Haryana senior national coaching camp & Haryana Olympic championship with the help of trained technician. Statistical technique “t” was used to compare the data. Level of significance was at 0.01 level.
Results: After analysis the data no significant difference between concentration of sodium present in the blood of district level and state level football players. Where a significant difference was found between district level and national level players as in the both groups, the mean difference is in favor of national level players. Similarly a significant difference was found in the concentration of sodium in between state level and national level football players. Again the mean difference is in favor of national level players. So we can conclude that football players participating at national level are having significantly batter concentration of sodium in their blood as compare to district level and state level football players. We can also conclude that as the level of performance improve the concentration of sodium also improve in their blood serum.