The Effect of Maturation on Relationships Between Physical Testing Variables in Youth Soccer Players
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Purpose: This study investigated the relationships between physical testing variables in youth soccer players and assessed the extent to which these relationships were affected by the maturation process. Method: 61 male youth soccer players, of which 34 categorised as pre-PHV, 16 mid-PHV and 11 post-PHV were tested for 10m and 30m speed, change of direction (COD) with the 505 and arrowhead tests and jumping ability using countermovement jumps (CMJ) performed bilaterally and unilaterally. Results: 10m and 30m sprint correlated closely across all three maturation groups (r = 0.86 - 0.887; p < 0.05 q = -011 – 0.11). CMJ significantly correlated with all 30m speed across all groups (r = -0.607 - -0.922; p < 0.05) but most strongly in the mid-PHV group (q = -0.74 – 0.9). Bilateral CMJ showed closer correlation to 505 COD test in the pre-PHV (r = -0.609- -0.46; p < 0.05) and mid-PHV (r = -0.676 - -0.579; p < 0.05) in comparison to the post-PHV group (r = -0.335 - -0.148; p > 0.05; q = -0.51 - -0.35). Conclusion: correlations between some performance variables were shown to differ across the maturational stages suggesting changes in the underpinning physiology caused by maturation.
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