2019, Vol. 4, Special Issue 1
Comparing efficiency of executive functions between players and non-players of organized sport
Author(s): Niharika Medapati and Akshaya Periasamy
The term ‘Executive functioning’ encompasses a host of higher-order cognitive functioning such as decision-making, problem-solving, planning and goal-oriented behaviour. These functions are regulated by the frontal lobe and are highly significant in the scenario of sports. There is a growing body of research showing the positive correlation between executive functioning and physical activities (Best, 2010). This study aimed to compare the efficiency of executive functions, namely Response Inhibition, Phonemic Fluency and Category Fluency between individuals playing organized sports and individuals who don't. A representative sample of 60 individuals, divided into an experimental group of 30 players of organized sports with a control group of 30 non-players, was sought for the study. The Stroop Test (Response Inhibition), Controlled Oral Word Association Test - COWAT (Phonemic Fluency) and Animal Names test - ANT (Category Fluency) from the NIMHANS Neuropsychology Battery (Rao, Subbakrishna & Kumarpillai, 2005) were administered on the participants. The data was subjected to test of normality and appropriate tests of mean difference were carried out using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS-20). The results will be discussed in the full-length paper. The findings will help in understanding the role of sports in regulating the executive functions which imply the need for future experimental studies in this area to explore the isolated causal impact of sport.
Pages: 75-78 | 839 Views 31 Downloads
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Niharika Medapati, Akshaya Periasamy. Comparing efficiency of executive functions between players and non-players of organized sport. Int J Physiol Nutr Phys Educ 2019;4(1S):75-78.