Do anthropometric and fitness characteristics vary according to birth date distribution in elite youth academy soccer players?

@article{Carling2009DoAA,
  title={Do anthropometric and fitness characteristics vary according to birth date distribution in elite youth academy soccer players?},
  author={Christopher Carling and F le Gall and Thomas Reilly and Arriyan Williams},
  journal={Scandinavian Journal of Medicine \& Science in Sports},
  year={2009},
  volume={19}
}
We examined whether maturity, anthropometric profiles and fitness measures vary according to birth date distribution in elite, under‐14 youth academy soccer players. The selection year was divided into four quarters, with 160 male players grouped according to individual birth date. Players had their skeletal age determined and were assessed using a battery of standard anthropometric and physical performance tests. Players born across all quarters of the year were investigated for differences in… 

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