THE IMPACT OF MORPHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS ON RESULT SUCCESS IN AGILITY TESTS WITH YOUNG FOOTBALL PLAYERS

Osmo Bajrić, Darko Božić, Jasmin Hrnjić, Velimir Vukajlović

The research was conducted on a sample of 50 young football players, aged between 14 and 16, with the aim of determining the intensity and character of influence of the selected morphological characteristics on the effectiveness in agility tests results. The study used 12 variables to estimate morphological characteristics defined as a predictive (input) set of variables. The following criteria variables were used for the agility assessment tests: Agility test – forward-backward running (93639NN), hexagon, six-way sideways hops (MAGHEK), sideways shuffle (MAGKUS). In order to determine the possible influence of the selected morphological characteristics (measures) on the success rate in the agility assessment tests, three multiple regression analyses were applied to each test. The results of the regression analysis show that the morphological characteristics monitored in this study are, relatively, poorly related to the results in the applied agility assessment. A statistically significant relationship was obtained between the selected morphological characteristics and the sideways shuffle test (MAGKUS). No other statistically significant correlations were found with other agility evaluation and selected morphological characteristics tests. The obtained results can be useful to coaches and other experts who work in the football industry, as a guideline for more comprehensive planning and programming, as well as the selection of adequate training operators and methods.

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