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The Relationship of Age and BMI with Physical Fitness in Futsal Players

Exercise Physiology Laboratory, 18450 Nikaia, Greece
Institut Supérieur du Sport et de l’éducation physique de Sfax, Université de Sfax, Sfax 3000, Tunisie
Activité Physique: Sport et Santé, UR18JS01, Observatoire National du Sport, Tunis 2020, Tunisie
Faculty of Humanities and Science Education, University of Jaen, 23071 Jaén, Spain
Institute of Primary Care, University of Zurich, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland
Medbase St. Gallen Am Vadianplatz, 9001 St. Gallen, Switzerland
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Sports 2019, 7(4), 87;
Received: 2 March 2019 / Revised: 25 March 2019 / Accepted: 9 April 2019 / Published: 15 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Performance in Team Sports)
The aim of this study was to examine the relationship of age and body mass status with field and laboratory measures of physical fitness in futsal players. Futsal players (n = 65, age 12.9 ± 2.8 years), who were classified into U11 (n = 28, 9–11 years), U13 (n = 21, 11–13 years), and adults (n = 16, >18 years), performed a physical fitness battery consisting of both laboratory and field tests. A similar prevalence of overweight (25%) was observed in all age groups (χ2 = 1.94, p = 0.380, φ = 0.17). Age groups differed for all parameters, except body fat percentage, with adult players showing higher values than the younger groups (p < 0.05). U13 was heavier, taller, and had larger fat-free mass than U11 (p < 0.05). Adult players had superior values than their younger counterparts for all physical fitness parameters (p < 0.05). Body mass index (BMI) correlated inversely with aerobic capacity (U13), jumping ability, relative isometric muscle strength, and relative mean power in the Wingate anaerobic test (WAnT) (U11) (p < 0.05). Also, it correlated directly with absolute isometric muscle strength (U11) and peak power, mean power (all groups), and fatigue index (U11, U13) in WAnT (p < 0.05). Considering the results of this study, it was concluded that the prevalence of overweight in futsal players should be an important concern for practitioners working in this team sport. Optimizing BMI should be considered as a training and nutrition goal in order to improve sport performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: body fat; football; jump; overweight; sport-related physical fitness; team sport body fat; football; jump; overweight; sport-related physical fitness; team sport
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Nikolaidis, P.T.; Chtourou, H.; Torres-Luque, G.; Rosemann, T.; Knechtle, B. The Relationship of Age and BMI with Physical Fitness in Futsal Players. Sports 2019, 7, 87.

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