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Dynamic balance in male youth soccer players: the role of anthropometric and physical fitness factors

  • Kihyuk Lee1
  • Buong-O Chun2
  • Hong-Sun Song3
  • Kyong-Tae Kim4
  • Jooyoung Kim5

1Department of Sport Culture, Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea

2Graduate School of Physical Education, Myongji University, Yongin, Korea

3Department of Sports Science, Korea Institute of Sport Science, Seoul, Korea

4Department of Physical Education, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea

5Office of Academic Affairs, Konkuk University, Chungju, Korea

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.011 Vol.17,Issue 2,April 2021 pp.135-141

Published: 08 April 2021

*Corresponding Author(s): Jooyoung Kim E-mail: hirase1125@hanmail.net

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Abstract

Background: The purpose of this study was to analyze the factors needed to improve the dynamic balance of youth soccer players.

Methods: A total of 170 youth soccer players (84 U-15 and 86 U-18 players) participated in this study. Their anthropometric (height, weight, and body fat percentage) and physical fitness (dynamic balance, muscle strength, power, core strength, agility, reaction time, and flexibility) characteristics were evaluated. To investigate the effects of these factors on dynamic balance, a multiple regression analysis was conducted.

Results: The results showed that the weight (P = 0.008) and back muscle strength (P = 0.039); and actions, such as sit-up (P = 0.017), countermovement jump (P = 0.019), and trunk forward flexion (P = 0.009) were significant factors affecting balance in all the soccer players of this study (R2 = 0.265). In the U-15 group, only the countermovement jump (P = 0.019) was found to significantly influence dynamic balance (R2 = 0.275). In contrast, in the U-18 group, weight (P = 0.002), sit-up action (P < 0.001), countermovement jump (P = 0.019), and trunk forward flexion (P = 0.011) were found to affect dynamic balance (R2 = 0.439).

Conclusion: Our study suggests that muscle strength, power, flexibility, and core strength are needed to improve the dynamic balance of youth soccer players.

Keywords

Youth soccer player; Dynamic balance; Muscle power; Core strength; Flexibility; Training

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Kihyuk Lee,Buong-O Chun,Hong-Sun Song,Kyong-Tae Kim,Jooyoung Kim. Dynamic balance in male youth soccer players: the role of anthropometric and physical fitness factors. Journal of Men's Health. 2021. 17(2);135-141.

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