Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Review Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 3 Issue: 6

Anthropometrics, Physical Characteristics, Physiological Attributes, and Sport-Specific Skills in Under-14 Athletes Involved in Early Phases of Talent Development- A Review

Gal Ziv1, 2 and Ronnie Lidor1*
1The Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Wingate Institute, Israel
2Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel
Corresponding author : Dr. Ronnie Lidor
Professor, The Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Wingate Institute, Netanya 42902, Israel,
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: July 20, 2014 Accepted: September 30, 2014 Published: October 06, 2014
Citation: Ziv G, Lidor R (2014) Anthropometrics, Physical Characteristics, Physiological Attributes, and Sport-Specific Skills in Under-14 Athletes Involved in Early Phases of Talent Development – A Review. J Athl Enhancement 3:6 doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000175

Abstract

Anthropometrics, Physical Characteristics, Physiological Attributes, and Sport-Specific Skills in Under-14 Athletes Involved in Early Phases of Talent Development – A Review

The main purpose of this article was to review a series of studies (n=30) on anthropometrics, physical characteristics, physiological attributes, and sport-specific skills in athletes under the age of 14 involved in early phases of talent development. Among the main findings of this review were that (a) young athletes have favorable anthropometric characteristics when compared to their peers who do not participate in organized sports, (b) comparing athletes of different skill levels leads to contradictory findings, and (c) the level of maturation is an important covariant in children under the age of 14. A number of practical implications were suggested for researchers and practitioners involved in early phases of talent development.

Keywords: Talent detection and development; Motor behavior; Adolescent; Exercise; Performance

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