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Agility assessment in female futsal and soccer players

Department of Human Movement and Sport Science, University of Rome “Foro Italico,” Italy
Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, “Magna Graecia” University of Catanzaro, Italy
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Medicina 2010, 46(6), 415;
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).
. 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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