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A coaches’ perspective on the contribution of anthropometry, physical performance, and motor coordination in racquet sports

(2018) JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES. 36(23). p.2706-2715
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Differences and similarities between table tennis and other racquet sports exist, but are not well documented in the literature, in spite of the relevance for talent identification. In this study we aimed at identifying the key characteristics of table tennis in comparison with tennis and badminton based upon a survey in coaches. A total of 177 licensed coaches from all across the world and with diverse professional backgrounds completed a survey on anthropometric measures, physical performance, and motor coordination skills. On a scale from 1 to 10, coaches indicated to what extent a talent characteristic was important for their sport. MANOVA identified key differences as well as similarities between all three racquet sports and a subsequent discriminant analysis allocated coaches correctly for table tennis, tennis, and badminton 81.01%, 55.6%, and 71.4% respectively. Our results show that table tennis and other racquet sport coaches are well aware of differences between the racquet sports and also the importance and value of testing and assortment of skill components. These findings can assist coaches in future talent orientation and transfer in racquet sports.
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Performance characteristics, table tennis, tennis, badminton, TALENT IDENTIFICATION, TENNIS, EXPERTISE, KNOWLEDGE, SUCCESS, SCIENCE, HEIGHT, MODEL

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Robertson, Kamasha, Johan Pion, Mireille Mostaert, Rozilee Norjali, Tamara Kramer, Irene Renate Faber, Pieter Vansteenkiste, and Matthieu Lenoir. 2018. “A Coaches’ Perspective on the Contribution of Anthropometry, Physical Performance, and Motor Coordination in Racquet Sports.” Journal of Sports Sciences 36 (23): 2706–2715.
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Robertson, K., Pion, J., Mostaert, M., Norjali, R., Kramer, T., Faber, I. R., Vansteenkiste, P., et al. (2018). A coaches’ perspective on the contribution of anthropometry, physical performance, and motor coordination in racquet sports. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 36(23), 2706–2715.
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Robertson K, Pion J, Mostaert M, Norjali R, Kramer T, Faber IR, et al. A coaches’ perspective on the contribution of anthropometry, physical performance, and motor coordination in racquet sports. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES. 2018;36(23):2706–15.
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Robertson, Kamasha, Johan Pion, Mireille Mostaert, et al. “A Coaches’ Perspective on the Contribution of Anthropometry, Physical Performance, and Motor Coordination in Racquet Sports.” JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES 36.23 (2018): 2706–2715. Print.
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  abstract     = {Differences and similarities between table tennis and other racquet sports exist, but are not well documented in the literature, in spite of the relevance for talent identification. In this study we aimed at identifying the key characteristics of table tennis in comparison with tennis and badminton based upon a survey in coaches. A total of 177 licensed coaches from all across the world and with diverse professional backgrounds completed a survey on anthropometric measures, physical performance, and motor coordination skills. On a scale from 1 to 10, coaches indicated to what extent a talent characteristic was important for their sport. MANOVA identified key differences as well as similarities between all three racquet sports and a subsequent discriminant analysis allocated coaches correctly for table tennis, tennis, and badminton 81.01\%, 55.6\%, and 71.4\% respectively. Our results show that table tennis and other racquet sport coaches are well aware of differences between the racquet sports and also the importance and value of testing and assortment of skill components. These findings can assist coaches in future talent orientation and transfer in racquet sports.},
  author       = {Robertson, Kamasha and Pion, Johan and Mostaert, Mireille and Norjali, Rozilee and Kramer, Tamara and Faber, Irene Renate and Vansteenkiste, Pieter and Lenoir, Matthieu},
  issn         = {0264-0414},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {23},
  pages        = {2706--2715},
  title        = {A coaches{\textquoteright} perspective on the contribution of anthropometry, physical performance, and motor coordination in racquet sports},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1441941},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {2018},
}

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