Physiological assessment in talent identification within Australian football

Veale, James P (2011) Physiological assessment in talent identification within Australian football. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


Predicting long-term success in talented athletes at an early age requires a multi-factorial, longitudinal approach that combines both scientific observations and intuitive judgements in the identification process. Traditionally, the measurement of physiological characteristics in the team sport environment is conducted in one-off testing sessions, with results used to discriminate performance outcomes for team selection. Nevertheless, the changing nature of Australian Football (AF) has raised questions over the specificity of currently used field test protocols. Therefore, the aim of this thesis was to validate newly designed physiological field tests specific to AF, measuring its discriminatory ability within a longitudinal research design, incorporating body compositional changes, at the elite junior AF level.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords Australian football, footballers, athletes, football players, physiological assessment, Australia, physiology, identification, recruitment, performance assessment, team selection
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