Anthropometric and performance characteristics of young male soccer players competing in the UK

Russell, Mark (2011) Anthropometric and performance characteristics of young male soccer players competing in the UK. Serbian Journal of Sports Sciences, 5 (4). pp. 155-162. ISSN 1820-6301

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Abstract

This study investigated the anthropometric and performance characteristics of 43 soccer players(age: 15 ± 2 years, height: 1.71 ± 0.08 m, mass: 63.9 ± 9.4 kg) who represented a UK-based Championship club in teams classified according to chronological age (i.e., under 14, under 16 or under 18 years of age). Anthropometrics and physical performances (countermovement jump; CMJ, 15 m and 30 m sprints, multistage fitness test) were measured. The under 18s age group were taller (p=0.007), heavier (p<0.001), jumped higher (p<0.001), sprinted faster (15 m sprint time: p=0.045; 30 m sprint time: p=0.011), and possessed a greater maximal aerobic capacity (p=0.003) than the under 14s players. However, players from the two youngest age groups were similar in all measurements (p>0.05). Additionally, high (64.6 ± 3.8 W·kg-1) or low (57.0 ± 2.8 W·kg-1) CMJ performances were able to differentiate between sprint times over 15 m (high, low: 2.38 ± 0.06 s, 2.44 ± 0.11 s; p=0.015) and 30 m (high, low: 4.18 ± 0.12 s, 4.32 ± 0.22 s; P=0.016). These results characterise the anthropometry and performance of UK-based soccer players of varying ages while highlighting the discriminative ability of certain tests to differentiate between sprint performances.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Football, talent, development, youth, sprint
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Linda Barlow
Date Deposited: 14 May 2012 14:19
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7035

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