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Anthropometry, physical fitness and coordination of young figure skaters of different levels

Mireille Mostaert (UGent) , Frederik Deconinck (UGent) , Johan Pion (UGent) and Matthieu Lenoir (UGent)
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The aim of the present study was to identify anthropometric, physical, coordinative and ice-skating specific characteristics that discriminate young elite ice skaters from non-elite skaters and their non-skating peers. 32 skaters aged 9-12 years old (11 elites and 21 non-elites) voluntarily participated in the study. They were submitted to 5 anthropometric, 7 physical, 3 coordination and 5 ice-skating specific tests. Reference values of a representative healthy non-skating sample were taken from the Flemish Sports Compass dataset. Figure skaters appeared to be predominantly average mature (93.8%), were lighter and leaner than the reference sample, and demonstrated better physical characteristics and motor coordination. There was no difference between the elite and non-elite group regarding maturity status and anthropometric or physical parameters. Still, elite skaters scored better than non-elites on the coordination tests jumping sideways and tended to do so on the moving sideways test. Profiles of figure skaters differ clearly from a reference population, while non-sport-specific motor coordination tests allow discrimination between elite and non-elite skaters. The relevance of these findings with respect to talent detection and identification in young ice skaters are discussed.
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talent identification, figure skating, talent detection, COMPETITIVE LEVEL, PERFORMANCE, GYMNASTS, SPORT, DISCIPLINE, PREDICTION, VARIABLES

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Mostaert, Mireille et al. “Anthropometry, Physical Fitness and Coordination of Young Figure Skaters of Different Levels.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE 37.7 (2016): 531–538. Print.
APA
Mostaert, M., Deconinck, F., Pion, J., & Lenoir, M. (2016). Anthropometry, physical fitness and coordination of young figure skaters of different levels. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 37(7), 531–538.
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Mostaert, Mireille, Frederik Deconinck, Johan Pion, and Matthieu Lenoir. 2016. “Anthropometry, Physical Fitness and Coordination of Young Figure Skaters of Different Levels.” International Journal of Sports Medicine 37 (7): 531–538.
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Mostaert, Mireille, Frederik Deconinck, Johan Pion, and Matthieu Lenoir. 2016. “Anthropometry, Physical Fitness and Coordination of Young Figure Skaters of Different Levels.” International Journal of Sports Medicine 37 (7): 531–538.
Vancouver
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Mostaert M, Deconinck F, Pion J, Lenoir M. Anthropometry, physical fitness and coordination of young figure skaters of different levels. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE. 2016;37(7):531–8.
IEEE
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M. Mostaert, F. Deconinck, J. Pion, and M. Lenoir, “Anthropometry, physical fitness and coordination of young figure skaters of different levels,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, vol. 37, no. 7, pp. 531–538, 2016.
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  abstract     = {The aim of the present study was to identify anthropometric, physical, coordinative and ice-skating specific characteristics that discriminate young elite ice skaters from non-elite skaters and their non-skating peers. 32 skaters aged 9-12 years old (11 elites and 21 non-elites) voluntarily participated in the study. They were submitted to 5 anthropometric, 7 physical, 3 coordination and 5 ice-skating specific tests. Reference values of a representative healthy non-skating sample were taken from the Flemish Sports Compass dataset. Figure skaters appeared to be predominantly average mature (93.8%), were lighter and leaner than the reference sample, and demonstrated better physical characteristics and motor coordination. There was no difference between the elite and non-elite group regarding maturity status and anthropometric or physical parameters. Still, elite skaters scored better than non-elites on the coordination tests jumping sideways and tended to do so on the moving sideways test. Profiles of figure skaters differ clearly from a reference population, while non-sport-specific motor coordination tests allow discrimination between elite and non-elite skaters. The relevance of these findings with respect to talent detection and identification in young ice skaters are discussed.},
  author       = {Mostaert, Mireille and Deconinck, Frederik and Pion, Johan and Lenoir, Matthieu},
  issn         = {0172-4622},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE},
  keywords     = {talent identification,figure skating,talent detection,COMPETITIVE LEVEL,PERFORMANCE,GYMNASTS,SPORT,DISCIPLINE,PREDICTION,VARIABLES},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {531--538},
  title        = {Anthropometry, physical fitness and coordination of young figure skaters of different levels},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0042-100280},
  volume       = {37},
  year         = {2016},
}

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