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Physique and Body Composition in Soccer Players across Adolescence

Author(s): Pantelis Theodoros Nikolaidis | Nikos Vassilios Karydis

Journal: Asian journal of Sports Medicine
ISSN 2008-000X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 75;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Anthropometry | Development | Body Fat | Somatotype | Sport

Purpose: Although the contribution of physique and body composition in soccer performance was recognized, these parameters of physical fitness were not well-studied in adolescent players. Aim of this study was to investigate physique and body composition across adolescence.  Methods: Male adolescents (N=297 aged 12.01-20.98 y), classified into nine one-year age-groups, child (control group, N=16 aged 7.34-11.97 y) and adult players (control group, N=29 aged 21.01-31.59 y), all members of competitive soccer clubs, performed a series of anthro­pometric measures (body mass, height, skinfolds, circumferences and girths), from which body mass index (BMI), percentage of body fat (BF%), fat mass (FM), fat free mass (FFM) and somatotype (Heath-Carter method) were calculated. Results: Age had a positive association with FM (r=0.2, P
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