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Cognitive Functioning, Physical Fitness, and Game Performance in a Sample of Adolescent Soccer Players

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Faculty of Psychology, University of Malaga, Campus Teatinos, 29071, Malaga, Spain
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Department of Sport, Food and Natural Sciences. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Campus Kronstad: Inndalsveien 28, 5063, Bergen, Norway
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Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5245; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135245
Received: 30 May 2020 / Revised: 23 June 2020 / Accepted: 23 June 2020 / Published: 28 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue High Abilities, Talent and Creativity)
The aim of this study was to analyze the relationships between cognitive functioning, physical fitness, and game performance in a sample of adolescent soccer players. Eighty-five boys from a soccer team in Rincon de la Victoria (Malaga, Spain), aged between 12 and 16 years, participated in the study. The D2 and Global-Local Attention (GLA) tests were used to evaluate selective and divided attention, respectively, and the Coding and Symbol Search tests of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV) were used for processing speed. To analyze physical fitness, the standing long jump test, speed test, and Course-Navette test of the Alpha-Fitness battery were used. Finally, the Game Performance Assessment Instrument (GPAI) was used to analyze sports performance in three vs. three small-sided games. The analyses showed that cognitive functioning was related to game performance. The results obtained suggest the importance of cognitive functions for performance in this sport. View Full-Text
Keywords: cognitive function; attention; physical fitness; soccer; adolescents cognitive function; attention; physical fitness; soccer; adolescents
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Sabarit, A.; Reigal, R.E.; Morillo-Baro, J.P.; Juárez-Ruiz de Mier, R.; Franquelo, A.; Hernández-Mendo, A.; Falcó, C.; Morales-Sánchez, V. Cognitive Functioning, Physical Fitness, and Game Performance in a Sample of Adolescent Soccer Players. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5245. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135245

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Sabarit A, Reigal RE, Morillo-Baro JP, Juárez-Ruiz de Mier R, Franquelo A, Hernández-Mendo A, Falcó C, Morales-Sánchez V. Cognitive Functioning, Physical Fitness, and Game Performance in a Sample of Adolescent Soccer Players. Sustainability. 2020; 12(13):5245. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135245

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Sabarit, Alejandro, Rafael E. Reigal, Juan P. Morillo-Baro, Rocío Juárez-Ruiz de Mier, Auxiliadora Franquelo, Antonio Hernández-Mendo, Coral Falcó, and Verónica Morales-Sánchez. 2020. "Cognitive Functioning, Physical Fitness, and Game Performance in a Sample of Adolescent Soccer Players" Sustainability 12, no. 13: 5245. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135245

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