Hopping and landing performance in male youth soccer players: Effects of age and maturation
De Ste Croix, Mark
Lloyd, Rhodri S.
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Quantifying hopping and landing performances can assist coaches in identifying young male soccer players who may be at increased risk of injury. The influence of chronological age and maturation on these measures in this population is unknown. Single leg hop for distance (SLHD) and 75% horizontal hop and stick landing force (75%Hop) were examined in a cross-sectional sample (N=400) of elite male youth soccer players. Between-group differences for both chronological age (U11–U18) and stage of maturation (pre-, circa- or post-peak height velocity (PHV)) were analyzed. Absolute 75%Hop increased with both age and maturation. Apart from the U18s, pre-PHV and U11–U12 players displayed the greatest relative landing forces compared to all other groups (p<0.001; d=0.56–0.93). Absolute and relative SLHD were greatest in the U18s and post-PHV players (p<0.001; d=0.35–2.04). A trend showed increased SLHD with each consecutive age group although a reduction in performance was identified in the U13s (d=0.50–0.59). High volumes of accumulated soccer participation in the U18s may lead to altered landing strategies indicative of high injury risk. A temporary reduction in hop performance in the U13s may also be linked to a period of adolescent awkwardness.
International Journal of Sports Medicine;
Read, P.J., Oliver, J.L., Croix, M.B.D.S., Myer, G.D. and Lloyd, R.S. (2017) 'Hopping and Landing Performance in Male Youth Soccer Players: Effects of Age and Maturation',. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 38 (12), pp.902-908.
This article was published in International Journal of Sports Medicine on 20 September 2017 (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0043-114009
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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