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Anthropometric Variables and Somatotype of Young and Professional Male Basketball Players

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Department of Athletics and Team Sport Games, Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education, Warszawa 00-968, Poland
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Department of Anthropology and Health Promotion, Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education, Warszawa 00-968, Poland
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Department of Theory and Practice of Sport, The Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education, Katowice 40-065, Poland
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Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University, 162 52 Prague, Czech Republic
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Received: 15 December 2017 / Revised: 22 January 2018 / Accepted: 22 January 2018 / Published: 29 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Improving Practice and Performance in Basketball)
Background: Determining somatic models and profiles in young athletes has recently become a fundamental element in selecting basketball playing positions. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between the body build of young and adult elite male basketball players at different playing positions. Methods: Participants consisted of 35 young (age: 14.09 ± 0.30 years, n = 35) and 35 adult professional basketball players (age: 24.45 ± 5.40 years, n = 35) competing in elite leagues. The anthropometric characteristics assessed included body mass, body height, skinfolds, somatotypes, girths, and breadths. Results: The centers in both age groups were significantly taller and heavier (p < 0.001) compared to forwards and guards. The greatest difference between categories were in the guards’ personal height (from 169.36 to 186.68 = 17.32 cm). The guards from the professional team were closest in height to the forwards (difference = 7.17 cm) compared to young players where the difference between guards and forwards was 13.23 cm. Young competitors were more ectomorphic (2.12-3.75-4.17), while professional players were more mesomorphic (2.26-4.57-3.04). Significant criteria for center selection at professional level seems to be personal height and arm span ratio. Conclusions: The results indicate that the selection for basketball playing positions should include the analysis of body height and mass, shoulder breadth, humerus breadth, femur breadth and specifically for centers the difference between personal the height and arm span. View Full-Text
Keywords: maturation; elite sport; playing position; body composition; youth athletes; talent selection maturation; elite sport; playing position; body composition; youth athletes; talent selection
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Gryko, K.; Kopiczko, A.; Mikołajec, K.; Stasny, P.; Musalek, M. Anthropometric Variables and Somatotype of Young and Professional Male Basketball Players. Sports 2018, 6, 9.

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