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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2017 May 05

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07264-4


language: English

Factors determining 800-m running performance in young male athletes

Ramon CRUZ 1, Romulo C., de MORAES BERTUZZI 1, Danilo L. ALVES 2, Rafael AZEVEDO 1, Phelipe H. CARDOSO CASTRO 2, Jefferson VERBENA FREITAS 2, Adriano E. LIMA-SILVA 3, Fernando R., de OLIVEIRA 4, Jorge R. PERROUT LIMA 2

1 Endurance Sports Resarch Group (GEDAE-USP), Department of Sport, School of Physical Education and Sport, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; 2 School of Physical Edutcation and Sport, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Brazil; 3 Sports Science Research Group, Department of Physical Education and Sports Science CAV, Federal University of Pernambuco, Vitória de Santo Antão, Brazil; 4 Department of Physical Education, Federal University of Lavras, Lavras, Brazil


BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to identify determinant variables on 800-m running performance in young male athletes derived from field tests and biological maturity.
METHODS: A total of 89 athletes, aged between 13 and 15 years old, performed a 800-m running trial and a battery of tests which involved anthropometric measurements, a running anaerobic test (RAST), a flexibility test (sit-and-reach), a counter movement jump test and progressive test for aerobic fitness evaluation. A stepwise multiple regression model selected three independent variables to explain the variance in 800-m running performance trial: peak of aerobic speed (PAS), total time of all sprints (RAST) and Predicted Mature Stature (PMS).
RESULTS: The PAS speed explained 73.6% (p < 0.01) of the variance, whereas the RAST and PMS accounted for additional 7.7% (p < 0.01) and 0.9% (p < 0.05), respectively. Taken together, these variables explained 82.2% of the overall 800-m running performance.
CONCLUSIONS: The results indicate that the 800-m running performance might be explained mainly by aerobic (PAS) and anaerobic metabolisms (RAST). Beyond the traditional variables of performance in 800-m running trial, the biological maturity must be considered in regard of endurance performance of young athletes.

KEY WORDS: Training - Aerobic fitness - Endurance - Prediction - Track and field

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Cruz R, Romulo C, Moraes Bertuzzi D, Alves DL, Azevedo R, Cardoso Castro PH, et al. Factors determining 800-m running performance in young male athletes. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2017 May 05. DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07264-4 

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