Allometric scaling and age-related differences in change of direction speed performances of young soccer players

Negra, Y. and Chaabene, H. and Hammami, M. and Khlifa, R. and Gabbett, T. and Hachana, Y. (2016) Allometric scaling and age-related differences in change of direction speed performances of young soccer players. Science and Sports, 31 (2). e19-e26. ISSN 0765-1597


Purpose: The purposes of this study were to compare change of direction speed (CODS) performances between different age categories (i.e., U-10, U-12, U-13, and U-18) and to develop allometric exponents for scaling this quality. Material and method: Data were gathered with the participation of 101 male soccer players (mean ± SD; age = 12.5 ± 2.9 years, mass = 44.4 ± 14.7 kg, height = 149.3 ± 17.7 cm, and leg length = 75.7 ± 13.1 cm). All players performed the Illinois change of direction speed test (ICDST). Results: U-18 players achieved significantly better results in ICDST compared with the other groups, whereas U-10 players had the lowest performances (F = 48.78, P < 0.0001). In regards to U-12 and U-13 soccer players, no significant differences were established between them (P > 0.05). The ICDST performances were significantly associated with body mass (r = -0.58; P < 0.0001), height (r = -0.75; P < 0.0001) and leg length (r = -0.75; P < 0.0001). No correlations between allometrically scaled ICDST performance and anthropometric measures were observed (all P > 0.05), indicating the effectiveness of allometric exponents in partialing out the effect of anthropometric measures on ICDST's compared to ratio scaling. Conclusion: Results indicated differences in CODS performance among soccer players of different age categories. These results demonstrated that developing allometric exponents are effective in controlling for anthropometric measures.

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Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 03:23
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Uncontrolled Keywords: allometric scaling; body size; change of direction speed; physiology
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
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