DIFFERENCES IN SOME ANTHROPOMETRIC CHARACTERISTICS, BODY COMPOSITION AND MOTOR CAPABILITIES IN 12-YEAR OLD BASKETBALL PLAYERS THAT TRAIN TWO, THREE AND MORE TIMES PER WEEK

Branko Krstevski, Luka Popovski, Sasho Todorovski, Elena Krstevska, Mirjana Krstevska,

At a sample of 194 basketball players age 12 years, divided into two groups, (103 basketball players who train twice a week and 91 who train three and more times per week), was conducted a survey in order to determine if there are any differences in some anthropometric characteristics, composition and motor abilities. Three anthropometric measurements, two measurements for assessing body mass and six motor tests, were applied in the study. Differences in anthropometric measures, body composition, and motor tests were determined by multivariate and univariate variance analysis. Based on the results, it can be concluded that basketball players who practice three or more times per week were taller, have bigger arm span, show lower values of body fat and higher muscle mass. Also, young basketball players who train three or more times a week achieve better results in general motor tests in distance jump, Sit-ups 30 seconds. Bent Arm Hang test, shuttle run 4x10 meters and a Sit and Reach test.

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