Background: Sport is all forms of competitive physical activity which, through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and provide entertainment to participants. Handball is a game which is quite faster and need more explosiveness comparative to other game. Plyometrics, also known as "jump training" or "plyos", are exercises based around having muscles exert maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of increasing both speed and power. The aim of the study was to find out the effect of plyometric training on selected performance related variable among the school level handball players.
Methods: For the study a total of forty (N=40) male students were selected from Government Higher Secondary School, Vayakara, Kannur and their age ranged from 15 to 18 years. They were equally divided (n=20) in to an experimental and control group. Following performance related variables were selected for the present study. Speed, Agility and Explosive Strength. The pre and post test data pertaining to the respective performance related variable were collected by employing standard test used on both the experimental and control group. The training programmes were conducted for six weeks with three days per week. Training was given in simple to complex method total duration was 90 minutes. The data was analyzed and the mean difference between the initial and final scores of experimental and control groups were compared by using dependent ‘t’ test in SPESS 16th version.
Results and Conclusion: The result of the study seems that participation in six weeks plyometric training programme resulted in improvement of playing ability and the performance related variables.