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Anthropometric profiling of elite junior and senior Australian football players

Veale, James P., Pearce, Alan J., Buttifant, David and Carlson, John S. 2010, Anthropometric profiling of elite junior and senior Australian football players, International journal of sports physiology and performance, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 509-520.

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Title Anthropometric profiling of elite junior and senior Australian football players
Author(s) Veale, James P.
Pearce, Alan J.
Buttifant, David
Carlson, John S.
Journal name International journal of sports physiology and performance
Volume number 5
Issue number 4
Start page 509
End page 520
Total pages 13
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Il.
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 1555-0265
Keyword(s) DEXA
bone mass
lean mass
bone mineral density
body composition
Summary Purpose: Body structure and physical development must be addressed when preparing junior athletes for their first season in a senior competition. The aim of this preliminary study was to measure the extent of the assumption that final year junior Australian Football (AF) athletes are at a physical mismatch to their senior counterparts.

Methods: Twenty-one male participants (17.71 ± 0.27 y) were recruited from one state based elite junior AF competition and forty-one male participants (22.80 ± 4.24 y) were recruited from one club competing in the senior elite Australian Football League (AFL), who were subsequently divided into two groups; professional rookies aged 18-20 y (19.44 ± 0.70 y; n = 18) and professional seniors aged 21+ y (25.43 ± 3.98 y; n = 23). Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans of all participants were completed.

Results:
Despite being an average 6.0% and 6.1% lighter in total weight and lean mass respectively, no significant difference was found between the elite junior athletes and their professional AFL rookie counterparts. However, significant differences were demonstrated in comparison with the professional AFL senior athletes (P < .01). Both professional AFL groups demonstrated greater than 0.3 kg total bone mineral content (BMC) than the elite junior athletes (P < .01) and significantly greater segmental BMC and bone mineral density (BMD) results (P < .05).

Conclusion: While the results identify the differences in body composition of the elite junior athletes, development in a linear fashion is noted, providing useful information for the creation of age appropriate expectations and training programs.
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Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Human Kinetics
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