Study of the Utility of Short Course of Yoga to Improve Reaction Time
Dr. Sendil Kumaran D,
Associate professor, Department of Physiology
Sri Siddhartha Medical College,Tumkur-570107,
Background and Objectives:
The improvement in the reaction time is important, as it is the indicator of the performance in sports and in professional persons. Therefore, there is a need for techniques or courses that can improve the reaction time. Yoga was found to cause a better improvement in the health of the individuals with and without ailments. Hence, this study intended to show its utility as a short course for improving the reaction time.
25 male healthy volunteers who were aged between 18 and 25 years were selected. The Auditory Reaction Time (ART), the Visual Reaction Time (VRT) and the Cutaneous Reaction Time (CRT) were assessed before and after the yoga sessions.
There was a reduction in the alert responses of ART, VRT and CRT for both the sides. The decrease was statistically significant (P<0.05). The random responses did not show a significant improvement. RT had no correlation with the age, height or the weight.
A short course of yoga has a beneficial effect on the reaction time and it can be used as a tool for improving the reaction time.