Influence of biological maturity on the match performance of 8 to 16 year old elite male youth soccer players

Goto, H., Morris, J.G. ORCID: 0000-0001-6508-7897 and Nevill, M.E. ORCID: 0000-0003-2498-9493, 2018. Influence of biological maturity on the match performance of 8 to 16 year old elite male youth soccer players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. ISSN 1064-8011

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the influence of biological maturity on match performance in elite youth male soccer players. The participants were 80 Premier League Academy outfield players (8-16 years old). Biological maturity was determined by calculating estimated chronological age at peak height velocity. The U9 and U10 squads played 6-a-side and the U11-U16 squads played 11-a-side inter-academy matches. All matches were analyzed using a 1 Hz Global Positioning System (SPI elite, GPSport, Australia) with squad specific speed zones which were calculated based on 5 m flying sprint speed in the last 5 m of 10 m sprint test. In the U9/U10s, earlier maturers were given a longer pitch time by coaches (~4 min per match, p = 0.029) and covered a greater total distance (~9%, ~400 m, p = 0.037) and a greater distance by walking (~13%, ~100 m, p = 0.024) and jogging (~12%, ~200 m, p = 0.014) during a match compared to later maturers. In the U13/U14s, earlier maturers covered a greater distance per hour of a match by high speed running compared to later maturers (~25%, ~130 m, p = 0.028) and spent a longer percentage of time in high speed running during a match compared to later maturers (3.4% vs. 2.7%, p = 0.034). Thus, coaches should take care to provide all players with a similar pitch-time and should be aware in the talent identification and development process, particularly with the U13/U14 age group, that maturity can influence high speed match running performance.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Creators: Goto, H., Morris, J.G. and Nevill, M.E.
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Date: 14 February 2018
ISSN: 1064-8011
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1519/jsc.0000000000002510DOI
Rights: Copyright © 2018 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 11 Apr 2018 13:00
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 13:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33256

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