Health / Physical Benefits (Uṭal Naṉmaikaḷ)

Silambam - Health / Physical Benefits ( Udal Nanmaikal )

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Evaluation of Silambam by Doctors in Physical Education in India

 

The teaching of Silambam has the potentiality to contribute to the following objectives of Physical Education.

Elements Average rating (max 100 %)
Physical 84 %
Safety 58 %
Recreational 58 %
Psychological 48 %
Social 36 %

The practice of Silambam will contribute to the following elements of general motor ability.

Silambam Elements of General Motor Ability

Elements Average rating (max 100 %)
Arm Eye co-ordination 90 %
Agility 82 %
Foot Eye co-ordination 74 %
Body Balance 66 %
Muscular Power 64 %
Speed 64 %
Muscular Endurance 58 %
Circulo Endurance 58 %
Muscular Strength 52 %

References :
  • Thomas, J.P. Organisation of Physical Education. Author, 43, C.I.T. Nagar, Madras-16, 1964.
  • Government of India, Ministry of Education, The Central Advisory Board of Physical Education and Recreation, A National Plan of Physical Education and Recreation., Publication No.237, 1956.

Pathartha Guna Chinthamani

 

The teaching of Silambam has the potentiality to contribute to the following objectives of Physical Education.

In an ancient medical work in Tamil called Pathartha Guna Chinthamani1 ('Pathartha Guna Vilakkam' are based on this text as found out in slightly altered forms - in terms of words), it is said that the play of Silambam would promote strength, increase appetite, remove diseases due to phlegm and wind, and eliminate Constipation and colic. This indicates that its therapeutic value as an exercise had been recognised even during the mediaeval period in Tamilnadu.

References :
  • 1 G. Devaneya Pavanar - Professor of Tamil, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, September 14, 1966