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THE JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS
A Journal on Applied Physiology, Biomechanics, Preventive Medicine,
Sports Medicine and Traumatology, Sports Psychology
Indexed/Abstracted in: Chemical Abstracts, CINAHL, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2017 Apr 13
Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA
Relationships between fitness test and kicking velocity in young soccer players
Víctor TORREBLANCA-MARTÍNEZ ✉, José A. GONZÁLEZ-JURADO, Fernando M. OTERO-SABORIDO
Pablo de Olavide University, Faculty of Sport, Seville, Spain
BACKGROUND: To study the relation between fitness test and kicking velocity in young soccer players, which has not been previously studied in this group of age.
METHODS: Ninety eight Under-11 soccer players who belonged to two professional Spanish clubs and two amateur clubs were subjected to sprint test (15 and 30 meters), CMJ (Countermovement Jump), estimation of maximal oxygen intake (VO2max), kicking velocity test, fatigue index of jump height and anthropometrical measures.
RESULTS: Kicking velocity was significantly correlated (p < 0.05) with 15m sprint (r =-0.554) and 30m sprint (r = -0.587), CMJ height (r = 0.479), VO2max (r = 0.475), body mass (r = 0.311) and height (r = 0.529), but not with body mass index (BMI) (r = -0.011) and fatigue index of jump height (r = -0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: This study provides new data about correlations between kicking velocity and fitness test, establishing greater correlations between kicking velocity and other variables compared to other groups of age previously studied, suggesting high transferences between results in fitness test and kicking velocity.
KEY WORDS: Performance - Testing - Under 11 - Kick