Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Research Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 3 Issue: 4

A Comparison of Field Test Performances between Elite and Sub-Elite Academy Soccer Players

Al Stewart1,4, Laurence Bloom2,4, Ben Clarkson3,4 and Paul Comfort4*
1Hull City Academy Football Club, Millhouse Woods Lane, Cottingham, Hull, HU16 4HB, United Kingdom
2Charlton Athletic Football Club, Floyd Road, Charlton, SE7 8BL, United Kingdom
3Southend United Football Club, 123 Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 4DX, United Kingdom
4University of Salford, Frederick Road, Salford, Greater Manchester, M6 6PU,United Kingdom
Corresponding author : Paul Comfort
University of Salford, Frederick Road, Salford, Greater Manchester, M6 6PU, United Kingdom
E-mail: [email protected] salford.ac.uk
Received: March 18, 2014 Accepted: June 17, 2014 Published: June 22, 2014
Citation: Stewart A, Bloom L, Clarkson B, Comfort P (2014) A Comparison of Field Test Performances between Elite and Sub-Elite Academy Soccer Players. J Athl Enhancement 3:4 doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000158

Abstract

The Relationship between Competitive Experience and Performance in Skeleton

The findings of this study highlight that there are no significant differences (p>0.05) in the height (175.1 ± 5.4 cm vs. 171.8 ± 5.8 cm) and body mass (69.5 ± 6.9 kg vs. 68.1 ± 5.8 kg) of Elite and Sub- Elite squads respectively. In contrast the Elite squad demonstrated significant quicker sprint performances in the 5 m (0.98 ± 0.05 s vs. 1.02 ± 0.06 s; p=0.01) and 20 m (2.95 ± 0.09 s vs. 3.06 ± 0.15 s; p=0.003) sprints, higher SJ (51.8 ± 3.9 cm vs. 37.8 ± 3.8 cm; p<0.001) and CMJ (55.1 ± 4.5 cm vs. 38.6 ± 3.9 cm; p<0.001) performance and significantly greater relative strength (2.14 ± 0.25 kg/kg vs. 1.81 ± 0.34 kg/kg, p<0.001) compared to the Sub-elite squad, respectively. Results suggest that strength, jump and sprint tests can all differentiate between elite and sub-elite youth soccer players, highlighting the importance of appropriate conditioning to develop strength and power in youth soccer players.

Keywords: Strength; Power; Sprint performance; Talent identification; Football

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