CORRELATION BETWEEN MORPHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND MOTOR ABILITIES IN YOUNG CROATIAN SOCCER PLAYERS

Marko Erceg, Mirjana Milić, Hrvoje Sivrić, Arsen Košta Alujević

A set of 10 morphological and 7 motor tests was applied on a group of seventy two Croatian soccer players, with the aim of determining the relation between morphological characteristics and motor abilities. The predictor group of variables consisted of 10 measures of morphological characteristics evaluation: 5 body mass and volume evaluation tests, 1 longitudinal skeleton dimensionality evaluation test and 4 subcutaneous fat tissue evaluation tests. After the preliminary processing procedures, the relations between the predictor and the criterion set of variables were determined, with the help of series of regression correlation analysis. Significant and positive relations between some morphological characteristics and motor abilities were determined, with the p<0.05 level of significance. The obtained result confirmed the findings of previous studies about the negative influence of body mass and volume on motor abilities of soccer players. Also, the conclusion was that the morphological structure slightly influenced the motor success in the analysed sample of young Croatian soccer players of young cadet age.

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