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A comparison of field test performances between elite and sub-elite academy soccer players

Stewart, A, Bloom, L, Clarkson, BJ and Comfort, P 2014, 'A comparison of field test performances between elite and sub-elite academy soccer players' , Journal of Athletic Enhancement, 3 (4) .

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Abstract

The findings of this study highlight that there are no significant differences (p>0.05) in the height (175.1 ± 5.4 cm vs. 171.8 ± 5.8 cm) and body mass (69.5 ± 6.9 kg vs. 68.1 ± 5.8 kg) of Elite and Sub-Elite squads respectively. In contrast the Elite squad demonstrated significantly quicker sprint performances in the 5 m (0.98 ± 0.05 s vs. 1.02 ± 0.06 s; p=0.01) and 20 m (2.95 ± 0.09 s vs. 3.06 ± 0.15 s; p=0.003) sprints, higher SJ (51.8 ± 3.9 cm vs. 37.8 ± 3.8 cm; p<0.001) and CMJ (55.1 ± 4.5 cm vs. 38.6 ± 3.9 cm; p<0.001) performance and significantly greater relative strength (2.14 ± 0.25 kg/kg vs. 1.81 ± 0.34 kg/kg, p<0.001) compared to the Sub-elite squad, respectively. Results suggest that strength, jump and sprint tests can all differentiate between elite and sub-elite youth soccer players, highlighting the importance of appropriate conditioning to develop strength and power in youth soccer players.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Athletic Enhancement
Publisher: SciTechnol
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2324-9080
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr P Comfort
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 17:31
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2015 08:37
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/32851

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