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A Journal on Sports Medicine

Official Journal of the Italian Sports Medicine Federation
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Medicina dello Sport 1998 March;51(1):23-8

language: Italian

Anthropometric observations and astonishing strength of the lower limbs in young men playing football

Piastra G. 1, Capanna R. 2, Cipolloni C. 1, Lazzini F. 1, Bondi S. 1

1 Istituto di Medicina dello Sport CONI-FMSI, Genova;
2 Istituto Superiore di Educazione Fisica, Succ. di Genova - Cattedra di Giochi Sportivi, Genova


We consider 76 boys playing in junior football team of FIGC; they are aged between 10 and 16 years.
Anthropometric parameters analyzed are: weight, height, body mass index, bisacromial and bisilium diameters; motor ability ones are limbs power jumps (squatting jump, counter movement jump, free jump).
Results show that:
1) anthropometric data and their trend are in according to the literature;
2) strentch improve and neuromuscolar development during puberal period support the relationship between jump test results and chronological age.

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