Relationship between maturity levels and neuromuscular capacity among youth soccer players and individuals not practicing soccer
Dihogo Gama de Matos, Estélio Henrique Martin Dantas, Felipe José Aidar, Aldo Coelho Silva, Bernardo Minelli Rodrigues, Ingi Klain, Robert C. Hickner, André Luiz Carneiro, Mauro Lucio Mazini Filho
Department of Sports Science, Exercise and Health of the Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro University, Vila Real, Portugal;.
Departments of Kinesiology, and Physiology, Center for Health Disparities Research, East Carolina University, Greenville, USA.
Doctoral Program in Nursing and Biosciences—PpgEnfBio, Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro—UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Physical Education Department, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil.
State University at Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Montes Claros, Brazil.
University Center of the Triangulo, UNITRI, Uberlandia, Brazil.
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The aim of this study was to compare maturational stage and neuromuscular skills among soccer players and non-athletes, as well as to investigate the relationship between maturation and neuromuscular performance. Twenty five adolescent males (14.3 ± 0.45 years) participated in the study and were divided into two groups: soccer players (SP – n = 13, 14.1 ± 0.3 years, 58.9 ± 6.90 kg, 1.72 ± 0.04 m, 19.9 ± 1.7 kg·m2, 13.3% ± 4.3% fat) and non-athletes (NA – n = 12, 14.5 ± 0.5 years, 57.3 ± 6.9 kg, 1,67 ± 0.06 m, 20.6 ± 3.9 kg·m2, 14.0% ± 5.7% fat). The square test and 20 m speed test were used to assess agility and speed, respectively. The Tanner self-assessment of pubic hair and genitalia development test was used to estimate maturational development. The Shapiro Wilk test was used to verify the normality of samples. For any data not normally distributed, the non-parametric Mann Whitney test, as well as Kendall’s Tau correlation test, were used. The p-values determined for agility (p = 0.017) and speed (p = 0.054) indicated that agility was the only variable significantly different between SP and NA. The SP and NA groups showed no difference in the levels of maturation (p = 0.41), and maturational status was not significantly correlated with agility (r = 0.013) or speed (r = ?0.003). Conclusion: Individuals who practiced football had better results for the agility test than non-athletes, even with no difference between the degree of maturation and speed. There is a low correlation between level of maturity and agility or speed.

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Gama de Matos, D. , Dantas, E. , Aidar, F. , Silva, A. , Rodrigues, B. , Klain, I. , Hickner, R. , Carneiro, A. and Filho, M. (2013) Relationship between maturity levels and neuromuscular capacity among youth soccer players and individuals not practicing soccer. Health, 5, 30-34. doi: 10.4236/health.2013.51005.

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