Vol. 3 No. 2 (2020)
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IDENTIFICATION OF SPECIFIC SELECTION CRITERIA IN YOUNG BALL SPORT PLAYERS

Published 2020-12-18 — Updated on 2020-12-18
József Márton Pucsok
University of Debrecen, Institute of Sport Sciences
Gergely Ráthonyi
University of Debrecen, Institute of Applied Informatics and Logistics
Katalin Varga
University of Debrecen, Institute of Sport Sciences
Gabriella Perényi
University of Debrecen, Institute of Sport Sciences
Andrea Lenténé Puskás
University of Debrecen, Institute of Sport Sciences
Zoltán Bács
University of Debrecen, Institute of Accounting and Finance
László Balogh
University of Debrecen, Institute of Sport Sciences
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Pucsok, J. M., Ráthonyi, G., Varga, K., Perényi, G., Lenténé Puskás, A., Bács, Z., & Balogh, L. (2020). IDENTIFICATION OF SPECIFIC SELECTION CRITERIA IN YOUNG BALL SPORT PLAYERS. Stadium - Hungarian Journal of Sport Sciences, 3(2). https://doi.org/10.36439/SHJS/2020/2/8595

Background: Our study aimed to analyze body composition and spiroergometric data of young (14-15 years) elite level ball sport players. We suggested three-ball sports (handball, soccer, and basketball) share common performance indicators, as rapid intermittent movements primarily characterize each ball sport.

Methods: We selected one-hundred and ten, handball (n=30), basketball (n=40), and soccer (n=40) players male and female from local clubs in Hungary. Seventy-nine males and thirty-one females participated in our study; their average age was 14.51 and 14.56, respectively. 

 They participated in laboratory testing; the protocol included a body composition analysis and spiroergometric tests. We measured body composition and physiological parameters utilizing an In Body 720 device and a standard Bruce treadmill protocol. Although we were aware of the Bruce protocol limitations in elite athletes, we choose this protocol as a safer alternative for younger inexperienced athletes.

Results and conclusions: We concluded that in young male soccer and basketball players, mean peak /load (W), peak/VE (l), peak/Vtex (l), peak/VO2 (ml/min), peak/VCO2 (ml/min), and peak/ O2 pulse (ml) data is a reliable indicator of the sport-specific performance.  We may also suggest that in our male basketball and handball players' population, peak/Vtex (l) is the only variable, which is significantly different. Between groups of male handball and soccer players, peak/VO2/kg (ml/min) may be a valid performance indicator. Among female basketball and handball players, we found a significant difference in three performance variables: peak/Vtex (l), peak/VO2 (ml/min), and peak/ O2 pulse (ml).

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