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The Importance of Speed and Power in Elite Youth Soccer Depends on Maturation Status

Murtagh, CF, Brownlee, T, O'Boyle, A, Morgans, R, Drust, B and Erskine, RM (2017) The Importance of Speed and Power in Elite Youth Soccer Depends on Maturation Status. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. ISSN 1064-8011

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Maturation status is a confounding factor when identifying talent in elite youth soccer players (ESP). By comparing performance of ESP and control participants (CON) matched for maturation status, the aims of our study were to establish the importance of acceleration, sprint, horizontal-forward jump and vertical jump capabilities for determining elite soccer playing status at different stages of maturation. ESP (n=213; age, 14.0±3.5 yrs) and CON (n=113; age, 15.0±4.4 yrs) were grouped using years from/to predicted peak height velocity (PHV) to determine maturation status (ESP: pre-PHV, n=100; mid-PHV, n=25; post-PHV, n=88; CON: pre-PHV, n=44; mid-PHV, n=15; post-PHV, n=54). Participants performed three reps of: 10 m and 20 m sprint, bilateral vertical countermovement jump (BV CMJ) and bilateral horizontal-forward countermovement jump (BH CMJ). ESP demonstrated faster 10 m (P<0.001) and 20 m sprint (P<0.001) performance than CON at all stages of maturation. Mid-PHV and post-PHV ESP achieved greater BV CMJ height (P<0.001) and BH CMJ distance (ESP vs. CON; mid-PHV: 164.32±12.75 vs. 136.53±21.96 cm; post-PHV: 197.57±17.05 vs. 168.06±18.50 cm; P<0.001) compared to CON but there was no difference in BV or BH CMJ between pre-PHV ESP and CON. While 10 and 20 m and sprint performance may be determinants of elite soccer playing status at all stages of maturation, horizontal-forward and vertical jumping capabilities only discriminate ESP from CON participants at mid- and post-PHV. Our data therefore suggests that soccer talent identification protocols should include sprint, but not jump assessments in pre-PHV players.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article: Murtagh, Conall F; Brownlee, Thomas E; O’Boyle, Andrew; Morgans, Ryland; Drust, Barry; Erskine, Robert M. The Importance of Speed and Power in Elite Youth Soccer Depends on Maturation Status. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: Post Acceptance: November 21, 2017 doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002367, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000002367
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 12:34
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 03:32
DOI or ID number: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002367
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7661
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