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J Sports Sci. 2015;33(1):11-9. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2014.918642. Epub 2014 May 23.

Relationships between functional movement screen scores, maturation and physical performance in young soccer players.

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a Cardiff School of Sport , Cardiff Metropolitan University , Cardiff , UK.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine relationships between functional movement screen scores, maturation and physical performance in young soccer players. Thirty males (11-16 years) were assessed for maturation, functional movement screen scores and a range of physical performance tests (squat jump, reactive strength index protocol and reactive agility cut). Older players significantly outperformed younger participants in all tests (P < 0.05; effect sizes = 1.25-3.40). Deep overhead squat, in-line lunge, active straight leg raise and rotary stability test were significantly correlated to all performance tests. In-line lunge performance explained the greatest variance in reactive strength index (adjusted R(2) = 47%) and reactive agility cut (adjusted R(2) = 38%) performance, whilst maturation was the strongest predictor of squat jump performance (adjusted R(2) = 46%). This study demonstrated that variation of physical performance in youth soccer players could be explained by a combination of both functional movement screen scores and maturation.

KEYWORDS:

children; functional movement screen; muscular strength; reactive agility; squat jump

PMID:
24857046
DOI:
10.1080/02640414.2014.918642
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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