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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2002 June;42(2):239-42

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

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Anthropometric and fitness profiles of elite players in two football codes

Strudwick A., Reilly T., Doran D.

From the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool United Kingdom


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Back­ground. The ­aims ­were to ­describe anthro­po­metric and per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics of ­elite ­players in two foot­ball ­codes and ­explore the dif­fer­ences ­between ­them.
­Methods. ­Data ­were com­pared by ­means of “t”-­tests. Sub­jects: sub­jects ­were 19 pro­fes­sional ­soccer ­players and 33 ­inter-­county ­Gaelic foot­ball ­players. Set­tings: meas­ure­ments ­were ­made on mem­bers of a Pre­mier ­League ­soccer ­team ­throughout ­their reg­ular ­season, ­whilst the ­Gaelic foot­ballers ­were mem­bers of the ­Mayo ­squad pre­paring for the 1999 All-Ire­land cham­pion­ship.
­Results. The var­i­ability in ­stature was sig­nif­i­cantly ­greater in the ­soccer ­players com­pared to the ­Gaelic foot­ballers (p<0.01). Per­for­mances in the 10-m and 30-m ­sprints, and in ver­tical ­jump ­were ­superior in the ­soccer ­group com­pared to the ­Gaelic foot­ballers (p<0.01).
Con­clu­sions. The ­intra-­group var­i­ability on the anthro­po­metric and per­for­mance meas­ures of the ­soccer ­players is ­likely to be due to the spec­i­ficity of posi­tional ­roles. The com­bined ­groups ­could be ­described as ­lean and mus­cular ­with a rea­son­ably ­high ­level of ­capacity in all ­areas of phys­ical per­for­mance. Anaer­obic char­ac­ter­is­tics of the pro­fes­sional ­soccer ­players ­were ­superior to ­those of ­Gaelic foot­ball ­players. It is con­cluded ­that anthro­po­metric and per­for­mance assess­ment of ­elite foot­ballers ­using ­mean ­values ­masks the het­ero­ge­neity evi­dent ­within the foot­ball ­codes.

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