Dr. Pruchya Chumvangvapee Wareerat Kokittipong Widsarut Sekaew Department Sport Science Program, Faculty of Science, Buriram Rajabhat University, Thailand.
ABSTRACT The aims of this study were (1) to compare anthropometry and physical performance of Thai and Chinese exchange students at Buriram Rajabhat University after training skill in basketball and (2) to develop physical performance in Thai and Chinese exchange students by using basketball skill training. Participants (n=46), aged between 18-20 years old, were divided into female Thai students (n=23) and Chinese exchange students (n=23). Their anthropometry and physical performance which included hand grips, back strength, leg strength, trunk flexibility, 30 seconds sit up, 50 meters sprint, standing long jump and distance of six-minute walk test (6MWT) were investigated. All parameters of anthropometry and physical performance were tested at the beginning (pre-test) and the end (post-test) of the first semester. Results of anthropometry testing showed no significant difference in both groups of participants. While, results of physical performance showed increase significant difference (p<0.05) in hand grips, back strength, leg strength, muscle strength at core body and distance of 6MWT in both groups. However, Thai students showed better results in muscle strength and Chinese exchange students showed better results in distance of 6MWT. After receiving basketball training skill from Sport Science Program at Buriram Rajabhat University, the participants showed improvement of physical performance in both Thai and Chinese exchange students. It was indicated that teaching techniques of basketball course was effective to improve physical performance of students at Buriram Rajabhat University.