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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 S. 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, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 227-230, doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2006.12.119.

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Title Performance and anthropometric characteristics of prospective elite junior Australian footballers : a case study in one junior team
Author(s) Veale, James P.
Pearce, Alan J.
Koehn, Stefan
Carlson, John S.
Journal name Journal of science and medicine in sport
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 227
End page 230
Total pages 4
Publisher Elsevier Australia
Place of publication Chatswood, N.S.W.
Publication date 2008-04
ISSN 1440-2440
1878-1861
Keyword(s) Australian football
performance testing
anthropometry
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2006.12.119
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 ©2007, Sports Medicine Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045195

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