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A Journal on Sports Medicine

Official Journal of the Italian Sports Medicine Federation
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Medicina dello Sport 2011 March;64(1)9-20

language: English, Italian

Evaluation of muscle strength in young and top-level soccer players

Sannicandro I.

Motor Sciences, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy


Aim. The study to assess the strength levels in soccer highlight differences between the junior categories and the top level in Italy. To check also the progress of the strength levels in young players to understand if the player of “Primavera” class has the strength ability in order to participate and compete in the greatest national championship.
Methods. The study was conducted on a sample of players (N.=98) of professional Italian team of first national division, belonging to the categories Allievi, Beretti, Primavera and the first team. The evaluations were conducted with Ergojump platforms, protocols Squat Jump, Counter Movement Jump and Drop Jump, and Ergopower for measuring power values of the leg extensor muscles with a leg press.
Results. The force values expressed by SJ, CMJ and DJ showed an increase in all junior teams with a statistical significance (P<0.01). The values of muscle power shown by the top players show a good fit despite the commitments of national and international racing calendar planned for the winter season. Check the values of strength in its various forms is a priority in the athletic training of the player. Both the young player that the top level athletes express better performance by maintaining adequate standards of strength.
Conclusion. The transition to the first team is completing in the last year of the Primavera class. The force values of young player of “Primavera” class is ready to compete in the Italian national premier league.

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