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Performance and anthropometric characteristics of prospective elite junior Australian footballers: a case study in one junior team

Veale, James P, Pearce, Alan J, Koehn, Stefan and Carlson, John (2008) Performance and anthropometric characteristics of prospective elite junior Australian footballers: a case study in one junior team. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 11 (2). pp. 227-230. ISSN 1440-2440

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The aim of the study was to compare anthropometric and physical performance data of players who were selected for a Victorian elite junior U18 Australian rules football squad. Prior to the selection of the final training squad, 54 players were assessed using a battery of standard anthropometric and physical performance tests. Multivariate analysis (MANOVA) showed significant (p < 0.05) differences between selected and non-selected players when height, mass, 20-m sprint, agility and vertical jump height were considered collectively. Univariate analysis revealed that the vertical jump was the only significant (p < 0.05) individual test and a near significant trend (p = 0.07) for height differentiating between selected and non-selected players with medium effect sizes for all other tests except endurance. In this elite junior football squad, physical characteristics can be observed that discriminate between players selected and non-selected, and demonstrates the value of physical fitness testing within the talent identification process of junior (16–18 years) players for squad and/or team selection. Based on MANOVA results, the findings from this study suggest team selection appeared to be related to a generally higher performance across the range of tests. Further, age was not a confounding variable as players selected tended to be younger than those non-selected. These findings reflect the general consensus that, in state-based junior competition, there is evidence of promoting overall player development, selecting those who are generally able to fulfil a range of positions and selecting players on their potential.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID16339. Australian rules football, performance testing, anthropometry, Australian footballers, junior football, anthropometric, Multivariate analysis, MANOVA, player selection, Victorian, Victoria, Australia
Subjects: Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2011 05:14
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2011 05:14
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