Predictors of individual player match performance in junior Australian football

Tangalos, Christie, Robertson, Sam, Spittle, Michael and Gastin, Paul B. 2015, Predictors of individual player match performance in junior Australian football, International journal of sports physiology and performance, vol. 10, no. 7, pp. 853-859, doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0428.

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Title Predictors of individual player match performance in junior Australian football
Author(s) Tangalos, Christie
Robertson, Sam
Spittle, Michael
Gastin, Paul B.ORCID iD for Gastin, Paul B.
Journal name International journal of sports physiology and performance
Volume number 10
Issue number 7
Start page 853
End page 859
Total pages 7
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1555-0265
Summary PURPOSE: Player match statistics in junior Australian football (AF) are not well documented while contributors to success are poorly understood. A clearer understanding of the relationships between fitness and skill in younger age players participating at the foundation level of the performance pathway in AF has implications for the development of coaching priorities (e.g., physical or technical). The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between indices of fitness (speed, power and endurance) and skill (coach rating) on player performance (disposals and effective disposals) in junior AF. METHODS: Junior male AF players (n = 156, 10 - 15 years old) were recruited from 12 teams of a single amateur recreational AF club located in metropolitan Victoria. All players were tested for fitness (20 m sprint, vertical jump, 20 m shuttle run) and rated by their coach on a 6-point Likert scale for skill (within a team in comparison to their teammates). Player performance was assessed during a single match in which disposals and their effectiveness were coded from a video recording. RESULTS: Coach rating of skill displayed the strongest correlations and combined with 20 m shuttle test showed a good ability to predict both disposals and the number of effective disposals. None of the skill or fitness attributes adequately explained the percentage of effective disposals. The influence of team did not meaningfully contribute to the performance of any of the models. CONCLUSION: Skill development should be considered a high priority by coaches in junior AF.
Language eng
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0428
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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