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Biological maturation, morphology, fitness, and motor coordination as part of a selection strategy in the search for international youth soccer players (age 15–16 years)

Joric Vandendriessche UGent, Roel Vaeyens UGent, Barbara Vandorpe UGent, Matthieu Lenoir UGent, Johan Lefevre and Renaat Philippaerts UGent (2012) JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES. 30(15). p.1695-1703
abstract
We report the morphology (height, weight, body fat, body mass index), fitness (strength, speed, agility, flexibility), and soccer-specific (dribbling) and non-specific motor coordination skills (Ko¨ rper KoordinationsTest fu¨ r Kinder; KTK) of 78 Belgian international youth soccer players aged 15–16 years with varying biological maturity status. The more mature players (U16 and U17) possessed higher morphological measures and outperformed their later maturing peers (U16 Futures and U17 Futures) on almost all fitness tests. However, soccer-specific and non-specific motor coordination tests did not distinguish the more mature players from the later maturing players in both age groups. When adjusted for the confounder (age at peak height velocity), multivariate analysis of covariance revealed that several morphology- and fitness-related parameters did not differ between selection groups, again in both age groups. These findings indicate that biological maturation affects morphology and fitness more so than motor coordination skills. In conclusion, to prevent the dropout of promising late maturing players, we suggest avoiding one-dimensional approaches and to include measures of biological maturity status as well as maturity independent performance tests during the talent identification and selection process.
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keyword
Talent identification, non-specific tests, talent selection, dropout, TALENT IDENTIFICATION, PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE, EXPERT PERFORMANCE, HEIGHT VELOCITY, MATURITY, SPORT, MODEL
journal title
JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES
J. Sports Sci.
volume
30
issue
15
issue title
Identifying and developing elite soccer players
pages
1695 - 1703
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000311447900013
JCR category
SPORT SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
2.082 (2012)
JCR rank
22/84 (2012)
JCR quartile
2 (2012)
ISSN
0264-0414
DOI
10.1080/02640414.2011.652654
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2941168
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2941168
date created
2012-06-28 11:37:45
date last changed
2013-07-10 15:34:52
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  abstract     = {We report the morphology (height, weight, body fat, body mass index), fitness (strength, speed, agility, flexibility), and soccer-specific (dribbling) and non-specific motor coordination skills (Ko{\textasciidieresis} rper KoordinationsTest fu{\textasciidieresis} r Kinder; KTK) of 78 Belgian international youth soccer players aged 15--16 years with varying biological maturity status. The more mature players (U16 and U17) possessed higher morphological measures and outperformed their later maturing peers (U16 Futures and U17 Futures) on almost all fitness tests. However, soccer-specific and non-specific motor coordination tests did not distinguish the more mature players from the later maturing players in both age groups. When adjusted for the confounder (age at peak height velocity), multivariate analysis of covariance revealed that several morphology- and fitness-related parameters did not differ between selection groups, again in both age groups. These findings indicate that biological maturation affects morphology and fitness more so than motor coordination skills. In  conclusion, to prevent the dropout of promising late maturing players, we suggest avoiding one-dimensional approaches and to include measures of biological maturity status as well as maturity independent performance tests during the talent identification and selection process.},
  author       = {Vandendriessche, Joric and Vaeyens, Roel and Vandorpe, Barbara and Lenoir, Matthieu and Lefevre, Johan and Philippaerts, Renaat},
  issn         = {0264-0414},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES},
  keyword      = {Talent identification,non-specific tests,talent selection,dropout,TALENT IDENTIFICATION,PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE,EXPERT PERFORMANCE,HEIGHT VELOCITY,MATURITY,SPORT,MODEL},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {15},
  pages        = {1695--1703},
  title        = {Biological maturation, morphology, fitness, and motor coordination as part of a selection strategy in the search for international youth soccer players (age 15--16 years)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.652654},
  volume       = {30},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Vandendriessche, Joric, Roel Vaeyens, Barbara Vandorpe, Matthieu Lenoir, Johan Lefevre, and Renaat Philippaerts. 2012. “Biological Maturation, Morphology, Fitness, and Motor Coordination as Part of a Selection Strategy in the Search for International Youth Soccer Players (age 15–16 Years).” Journal of Sports Sciences 30 (15): 1695–1703.
APA
Vandendriessche, Joric, Vaeyens, R., Vandorpe, B., Lenoir, M., Lefevre, J., & Philippaerts, R. (2012). Biological maturation, morphology, fitness, and motor coordination as part of a selection strategy in the search for international youth soccer players (age 15–16 years). JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 30(15), 1695–1703.
Vancouver
1.
Vandendriessche J, Vaeyens R, Vandorpe B, Lenoir M, Lefevre J, Philippaerts R. Biological maturation, morphology, fitness, and motor coordination as part of a selection strategy in the search for international youth soccer players (age 15–16 years). JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES. 2012;30(15):1695–703.
MLA
Vandendriessche, Joric, Roel Vaeyens, Barbara Vandorpe, et al. “Biological Maturation, Morphology, Fitness, and Motor Coordination as Part of a Selection Strategy in the Search for International Youth Soccer Players (age 15–16 Years).” JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES 30.15 (2012): 1695–1703. Print.