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ORIGINAL ARTICLE  BODY COMPOSITION, NUTRITION 

The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2017 December;57(12):1623-32

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07068-2

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Anthropometric and performance measures to study talent detection in youth volleyball

Giovanni MELCHIORRI 1, 2, Valerio VIERO 3 , Tamara TRIOSSI 3, Giuseppe ANNINO 1, Elvira PADUA 4, Virginia TANCREDI 1

1 Department of Systems Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Rome, Italy; 2 Don Gnocchi Foundation IRCS, Milan, Italy; 3 School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Rome, Italy; 4 Università Telematica S. Raffaele, Rome, Italy


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BACKGROUND: The aim of this work was to study anthropometric and performance measurements in 60 young male volleyball players (YV) and 60 youth not active in the sport (YNA) to assess which of these would be more useful to study the characteristics of potential performers.
METHODS: Eight measures to assess anthropometric characteristics, six performance measures and two tests for joint mobility were used. Also relative age and level of maturation were assessed.
RESULTS: The anthropometric variables, relative age and level of maturation measured did not show statistically significant differences between groups. The YV and YNA groups showed differences in the performance measures. YV group was characterized by a better performance of the ability to repeat short sprints, of the upper limbs, abdominal muscles and lower limbs, with a medium effect size (Shuttle Running Test: 0.6; Push-Up: 0.5; Sit-Up: 0.4; counter movement jump: 0.4). These performance variables were very sensitive and specific: the SRT measurement had the best positive likelihood ratio that indicates the utility of the test in identifying type of players (YV and YNA).
CONCLUSIONS: In talent detection in youth volleyball, in the 11-13 age range, performance variables should be preferred to anthropometric ones.


KEY WORDS: Sports - Volleyball - Exercise test - Physical examination

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