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The value of a non-sport-specific motor test battery in predicting performance in young female gymnasts

Barbara Vandorpe UGent, Joric Vandendriessche UGent, Roel Vaeyens UGent, Johan Pion UGent, Johan Lefevre, Renaat Philippaerts UGent and Matthieu Lenoir UGent (2012) JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES. 30(5). p.497-505
abstract
Gymnastics talent identification focuses on the identification of young gymnasts who display characteristics for potential success in the future. The aim of this study was to identify which current performance characteristics are related to performance in competition 2 years later. Twenty-three female gymnasts aged 7-8 years completed a multidimensional test battery measuring anthropometric, physical, and coordinative characteristics and were technically evaluated by expert coaches. Two years later, the all-around competition results of those gymnasts now participating in elite (n = 12) and sub-elite (n = 11) competition were obtained. None of the initial measurements significantly correlated with the results of the sub-elite gymnasts 2 years later. For the elite gymnasts, a non-sport-specific motor test battery correlated strongly with the competition result, with more than 40% of the variation in competition performance being explained by the result on that test 2 years earlier. Neither the coaches' judgement nor the anthropometric and physical characteristics were sensitive enough to predict performance. A motor coordination test might be valuable in the early identification of gymnasts, as its discriminative and predictive qualities might be sufficiently powerful for selection within a relatively homogeneous population of gymnasts exhibiting similar anthropometric and physical profiles.
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STRENGTH, PROGRAMS, PREDICTABILITY, ELITE, FOLLOW-UP, MATURATION, TALENT IDENTIFICATION, longitudinal study, expert judgement, physical tests, anthropometry, motor coordination, Talent identification, MATURITY, PLAYERS, GROWTH
journal title
JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES
J. Sports Sci.
volume
30
issue
5
pages
497 - 505
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000302103700009
JCR category
SPORT SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
2.082 (2012)
JCR rank
22/84 (2012)
JCR quartile
2 (2012)
ISSN
0264-0414
DOI
10.1080/02640414.2012.654399
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2457905
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2457905
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2012-06-18 10:59:23
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2012-06-18 11:27:06
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  abstract     = {Gymnastics talent identification focuses on the identification of young gymnasts who display characteristics for potential success in the future. The aim of this study was to identify which current performance characteristics are related to performance in competition 2 years later. Twenty-three female gymnasts aged 7-8 years completed a multidimensional test battery measuring anthropometric, physical, and coordinative characteristics and were technically evaluated by expert coaches. Two years later, the all-around competition results of those gymnasts now participating in elite (n = 12) and sub-elite (n = 11) competition were obtained. None of the initial measurements significantly correlated with the results of the sub-elite gymnasts 2 years later. For the elite gymnasts, a non-sport-specific motor test battery correlated strongly with the competition result, with more than 40\% of the variation in competition performance being explained by the result on that test 2 years earlier. Neither the coaches' judgement nor the anthropometric and physical characteristics were sensitive enough to predict performance. A motor coordination test might be valuable in the early identification of gymnasts, as its discriminative and predictive qualities might be sufficiently powerful for selection within a relatively homogeneous population of gymnasts exhibiting similar anthropometric and physical profiles.},
  author       = {Vandorpe, Barbara and Vandendriessche, Joric and Vaeyens, Roel and Pion, Johan and Lefevre, Johan and Philippaerts, Renaat and Lenoir, Matthieu},
  issn         = {0264-0414},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES},
  keyword      = {STRENGTH,PROGRAMS,PREDICTABILITY,ELITE,FOLLOW-UP,MATURATION,TALENT IDENTIFICATION,longitudinal study,expert judgement,physical tests,anthropometry,motor coordination,Talent identification,MATURITY,PLAYERS,GROWTH},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {497--505},
  title        = {The value of a non-sport-specific motor test battery in predicting performance in young female gymnasts},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2012.654399},
  volume       = {30},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Vandorpe, Barbara, Joric Vandendriessche, Roel Vaeyens, Johan Pion, Johan Lefevre, Renaat Philippaerts, and Matthieu Lenoir. 2012. “The Value of a Non-sport-specific Motor Test Battery in Predicting Performance in Young Female Gymnasts.” Journal of Sports Sciences 30 (5): 497–505.
APA
Vandorpe, B., Vandendriessche, J., Vaeyens, R., Pion, J., Lefevre, J., Philippaerts, R., & Lenoir, M. (2012). The value of a non-sport-specific motor test battery in predicting performance in young female gymnasts. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 30(5), 497–505.
Vancouver
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Vandorpe B, Vandendriessche J, Vaeyens R, Pion J, Lefevre J, Philippaerts R, et al. The value of a non-sport-specific motor test battery in predicting performance in young female gymnasts. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES. 2012;30(5):497–505.
MLA
Vandorpe, Barbara, Joric Vandendriessche, Roel Vaeyens, et al. “The Value of a Non-sport-specific Motor Test Battery in Predicting Performance in Young Female Gymnasts.” JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES 30.5 (2012): 497–505. Print.