Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Research Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 2 Issue: 6

Physical and Physiological Characteristics of Elite Indian National Football Players

Kartik Kulkarni1*, Gregory T Levin2, Luis Penailillo2,3, Amrinder Singh1 and Sandhu Jaspal Singh1
1Department of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab, India
2School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia
3School of Kinesiology and Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile
Corresponding author : Kartik Kulkarni
Department of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, 143005, India
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Received: June 08, 2013 Accepted: November 28, 2013 Published: December 02, 2013
Citation: Kulkarni K, Levin GT, Penailillo L, Singh A, Singh SJ (2013) Physical and Physiological Characteristics of Elite Indian National Football Players. J Athl Enhancement 2:6. doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000128

Abstract

Physical and Physiological Characteristics of Elite Indian National Football Players

The characteristics of professional footballers have been well documented however, research into elite Asian particularly Indian players, remains relatively unknown. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the characteristics of elite Indian footballers and compare the results according to outfield playing positions.Football is the most popular sport globally and there is a growing interest for this sport in India. However, the Indian national team is currently ranked 147 of 207 according to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). This ranking suggests that Indian playing standards need to be improved through a focus on the three key areas of physical, technical and tactical skills, as they have been reported to being related to successful football performance.

Keywords: Soccer; Endurance; Aerobic capacity; Muscular power

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