Biological maturation, morphology, fitness, and motor coordination as part of a selection strategy in the search for international youth soccer players (age 15-16 years).

@article{Vandendriessche2012BiologicalMM,
  title={Biological maturation, morphology, fitness, and motor coordination as part of a selection strategy in the search for international youth soccer players (age 15-16 years).},
  author={Joric B Vandendriessche and Roel Vaeyens and Barbara F R Vandorpe and Matthieu Lenoir and Johan Lefevre and Renaat Philippaerts},
  journal={Journal of sports sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={30 15},
  pages={1695-703}
}
We report the morphology (height, weight, body fat, body mass index), fitness (strength, speed, agility, flexibility), and soccer-specific (dribbling) and non-specific motor coordination skills (Körper KoordinationsTest für Kinder; KTK) of 78 Belgian international youth soccer players aged 15-16 years with varying biological maturity status. The more mature players (U16 and U17) possessed higher morphological measures and outperformed their later maturing peers (U16 Futures and U17 Futures) on… CONTINUE READING
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