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Anthropometry, Physiological Characteristics and Motor Performances of Young Male Soccer Players in Cameroon According to Their Age Category and Playing Position

Introduction: This study aimed at examining the anthropometry, physiological parameters and performances of young footballers recruited and formed in Cameroon without data base and physical fitness assessments. Methods: 128 young soccer players from two training structures subdivided into 3 categories (46 U13, 41 U15 and 41 U17) and 6 playing positions participated in this study. Their height, body mass, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and resting heart rate were determined prior to the linear sprints test (10m and 20m), vertical jump, and Léger’s shuttle run test over 20m. Data analysis and comparisons between categories and playing positions have been carried out using Statview 0.5. Differences were considered significant for p < 0.05. Results: The mean values of anthropometric parameters and blood pressure significantly increased with age category whereas resting heart rate decreased. Central defenders and goalkeepers were respectively tallest and heaviest. In general, performances increased significantly from U13 to U15 and tend to stagnate between U15 and U17 with no significant difference between playing positions. Conclusion: This study provided preliminary references in the identification and follow up of young cameroonian talents belonging to their age categories and playing positions. Developing aerobic endurance is the main emergency particularly for U17 players.

Soccer, Young Male, Assessment, Anthropometry, Physiological Characteristics, Performance, Playing Position, Cameroon

Heumou Foundje Fabrice, Temfemo Abdou, Bika Lele Elysée Claude, Ngom Both Paul, Guessogo Wiliam Richard, et al. (2023). Anthropometry, Physiological Characteristics and Motor Performances of Young Male Soccer Players in Cameroon According to Their Age Category and Playing Position. International Journal of Sports Science and Physical Education, 8(4), 48-56.

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