Bio-banding in academy football: player’s perceptions of a maturity matched tournament

  title={Bio-banding in academy football: player’s perceptions of a maturity matched tournament},
  author={Ben Bradley and David M Johnson and Megan Hill and Darragh McGee and Adam Kana-ah and Callum Sharpin and Peter Sharp and Adam Leigh Kelly and Sean P. Cumming and Robert M. Malina},
  journal={Annals of Human Biology},
  pages={400 - 408}
Abstract Background: Individual differences in biological maturation impact player selection and development in youth football. Aim: To evaluate players perceptions of competing in a football tournament where they were matched by maturity rather than chronological age. Subjects: Participants included male junior footballers from three professional academies (n = 115). Methods: The study employed multiple methods of analysis, including one sample mean t-tests, equivalence tests, ANOVAs, and… 

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