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27.09.2016 | Original Article | Ausgabe 1/2017

Sport Sciences for Health 1/2017

Comparison of anthropometric and physical profiles of futsal athletes from under-17 and adult categories

Zeitschrift:
Sport Sciences for Health > Ausgabe 1/2017
Autoren:
Miguel Alencar Flores Junior, João Victor Del Conti Esteves, Solange Marta Franzói de Moraes, Eberton Alves de Souza, Alan de Jesus Pires de Moraes, Leonardo Vidal Andreato

Abstract

Purpose

To compare the anthropometric and physical profiles of futsal athletes from under-17 to adult categories.

Methods

The study included 11 under-17 male futsal athletes and 15 male adult futsal athletes. Anthropometric evaluations and evaluations of aerobic power, anaerobic power and capacity, leg maximal isometric strength, lower limbs power, agility, and flexibility were performed.

Results

Under-17 athletes showed higher (p < 0.05) values of height (under-17: 180 ± 5 cm, adult: 174 ± 5 cm) and ectomorphy (under-17: 3.4 ± 0.8, adult: 2.2 ± 1.0), and lower values of mesomorphy (under-17: 3.7 ± 1.0, adult: 4.8 ± 0.7) and body fat (under-17: 11.7 ± 6.7 %, adult: 7.2 ± 3.5 %). In the physical tests, higher values of leg isometric strength in the under-17 athletes (under-17: 113 ± 29 kgf, adult: 83 ± 2 kgf) were found. No differences (p > 0.05) were found for aerobic power (under-17: 52.4 ± 4.4 ml/kg/min, adult: 53.3 ± 2.5 ml/kg/min), peak power (under-17: 686 ± 158 W, adult: 642 ± 141 W), mean power (under-17: 518 ± 85 W, adult: 533 ± 110 W), fatigue index (under-17: 9.0 ± 4.1 W s−1, adult: 6.8 ± 3.6 W s−1), lower limbs power (under-17: 221 ± 21 cm, adult: 218 ± 24 cm), agility (under-17: 9.7 ± 0.5 s, adult: 9.3 ± 0.4 s), and flexibility (under-17: 33 ± 7 cm, adult: 37 ± 6 cm).

Conclusions

Despite some anthropometric differences and differences in maximum isometric strength of the lower limbs, it can be inferred that under-17 athletes have characteristics similar to those of adult athletes.

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