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Match running performance and skill execution improves with age but not the number of disposals in young Australian footballers

Gastin, Paul B., Tangalos, Christie, Torres, Lorena and Robertson, Sam 2017, Match running performance and skill execution improves with age but not the number of disposals in young Australian footballers, Journal of sports sciences, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1271137.

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Title Match running performance and skill execution improves with age but not the number of disposals in young Australian footballers
Author(s) Gastin, Paul B.ORCID iD for Gastin, Paul B. orcid.org/0000-0003-2320-7875
Tangalos, Christie
Torres, Lorena
Robertson, Sam
Journal name Journal of sports sciences
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017-01-05
ISSN 1466-447X
Keyword(s) growth and maturity
match analysis
motor skill development
peak height velocity
physical fitness
youth
Summary This study investigated age-related differences in maturity, physical and functional characteristics and playing performance in youth Australian Football (AF). Young male players (n = 156) were recruited from 12 teams across 6 age groups (U10-U15) of a recreational AF club. All players were tested for body size, maturity and fitness. Player performance was assessed during a match in which disposals (kicks and handballs) and their effectiveness were coded from a video recording and match running performance measured using Global Positioning System. Significant main effects (P < 0.01) for age group were observed for age, years to peak height velocity, body mass, height, 20 m sprint, maximal speed over 20 m, vertical jump, 20 m multistage shuttle run, match distance, high-speed running distance, peak speed, number of effective disposals and percentage of effective disposals. Age-related differences in fitness characteristics (speed, lower body power and endurance) appeared to transfer to match running performance. The frequency in which players disposed of the football did not differ between age groups, however the effectiveness of each disposal (i.e., % effective disposals) improved with age. Match statistics, particularly those that evaluate skill execution outcome (i.e., effectiveness), are useful to assess performance and to track player development over time. Differences between age groups, and probably variability within age groups, are strongly associated with chronological age and maturity.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2016.1271137
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090672

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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