Multidimensional performance characteristics and standard of performance in talented youth field hockey players: A longitudinal study

Marije T. Elferink-Gemser*, Chris Visscher, Koen A. P. M. Lemmink, Theo Mulder

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Abstract

To identify performance characteristics that could help predict future elite field hockey players, we measured the anthropometric, physiological, technical, tactical, and psychological characteristics of 30 elite and 35 sub-elite youth players at the end of three consecutive seasons. The mean age of the players at the end of the first season was 14.2 years (s = 1.1). Repeated-measures analyses of covariance, with standard of performance and measurement occasion as factors and age as a covariate, showed that the elite players fared better than the sub-elite players on technical and tactical variables. Female elite youth players also scored better on interval endurance capacity, motivation, and confidence. Future elite players appear to have excellent tactical skills by the age of 14. They also have good specific technical skills and develop these together with interval endurance capacity better than sub-elite youth players in the subsequent 2 years. To verify our conclusions, we will be tracking these players into adulthood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-489
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • talent
  • field hockey
  • multidimensional performance characteristics
  • standard of performance
  • longitudinal study
  • SHUTTLE RUN TEST
  • MAXIMAL OXYGEN-UPTAKE
  • DELIBERATE PRACTICE
  • SOCCER PLAYERS
  • AEROBIC POWER
  • SPORT
  • YOUNG
  • IDENTIFICATION
  • RELIABILITY
  • SPRINT

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