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Agility assessment in female futsal and soccer players

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Department of Human Movement and Sport Science, University of Rome “Foro Italico,” Italy
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Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, “Magna Graecia” University of Catanzaro, Italy
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Medicina 2010, 46(6), 415; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina46060058
Received: 17 May 2010 / Accepted: 7 June 2010 / Published: 12 June 2010
Agility is the player’s capability to perform rapid whole-body movement with change of velocity or direction in response to a stimulus. The aims of this study were as follows: 1) to assess the reliability of a reactive visual stimuli agility field test (RVS-T); and 2) to evaluate differences in RVS-T and planned (PVS-T) agility performances between female soccer and futsal players.
Material and methods
. Sixty-six female players belonging to Italian teams of regional level were recruited to the study. The experimental apparatus consisted of four lighted spherical visual stimuli connected to a computer able to randomly generate three different sequences. Differences between RVS-T and PVS-T performances were calculated to evaluate the decision-making time (DMT) of players.
Results. The intraclass reliability coeffi cient for RVS-T was 0.80. Significant (P<0.05) differences emerged only for RVS-T (futsal, 17.3±0.5 s; soccer, 18.8±1.1 s) and DMT (futsal, 2.6±0.6 s; soccer, 4.1±1.2 s), whereas similar performances between groups resulted for PVS-T (futsal, 14.7±0.6 s; soccer, 14.6±0.6 s).
Conclusions
. The RVS-T proved to be a reliable tool to evaluate agility in field conditions. Futsal players showed better RVS-T and DMT performances with respect to soccer counterparts, probably due to the higher velocity of actions and faster decision-making of their sport. The lack of difference in PVS-T performances confi rms the importance to evaluate agility capabilities of players in both planned and reactive conditions.
Keywords: agility; futsal; soccer; field test; female players agility; futsal; soccer; field test; female players
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Benvenuti, C.; Minganti, C.; Condello, G.; Capranica, L.; Tessitore, A. Agility assessment in female futsal and soccer players. Medicina 2010, 46, 415.

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