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posted on 29.04.2022, 14:41 by Paul Read, Jon Oliver, Gregory D. Myer, Mark De Ste Croix, Rhodri S. Lloyd

 Purpose = Asymmetry is a risk factor for male youth soccer players. There is a paucity of data confirming the presence of asymmetry using practically viable screening tasks in players at different stages of maturation. Method = A cross-sectional sample (N = 347) of elite male youth soccer players who were either (pre-, circa- or post-peak height velocity (PHV)) completed the following single leg assessments: Y-Balance anterior reach (Y-Bal); hop for distance (SLHD); 75% hop and stick (75%Hop) and countermovement jumps (SLCMJ). Results = SLCMJ landing force asymmetry was higher in both circa and post-PHV groups, (p < 0.001; d = 0.41 – 0.43). 75%Hop landing force asymmetries were also highest in circa PHV players but between group comparisons were not statistically significant and effect sizes were small. SLHD and Y-Bal asymmetries reduced with maturation; however, no group differences were significant, with small to trivial effect sizes (d = ≤ 0.25). Conclusion = Stage of maturation did not have a profound effect on asymmetry. Between-limb differences in functional performance seem to be established in early childhood; thus, targeted interventions to reduce this injury risk factor should commence in pre-PHV athletes and be maintained throughout childhood and adolescence to ensure asymmetry does not increase. 

History

Published in

Pediatric Exercise Science

Publisher

Human Kinetics

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Read, P., Oliver, J.L., Myer, G.D., De Ste Croix, M.B.A. and Lloyd, R.S. (2018) 'The Effects of Maturation on Measures of Asymmetry During Neuromuscular Control Tests in Elite Male Youth Soccer Players', Pediatric Exercise Science, 30 (1), pp.168-175

Electronic ISSN

1543-2920

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff Met Authors

Jon Oliver Rhodri S. Lloyd

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Youth Physical Development

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© The Publisher

Language

en