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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/52134
Title:
The changing shape of “successful” professional footballers
Authors:
Nevill, Alan M.; Holder, Roger L.; Watts, Adam
Abstract:
Football coaches and sports scientists are always seeking to identify key characteristics that can distinguish between successful and less successful footballers and teams. The purpose of the present article was to identify whether any body size, shape, and age characteristics might be associated with more successful professional footballers and whether any such characteristics might have changed over time. We found that despite a significant increase in professional footballers’ height, body mass, and body mass index (BMI) from 1973–74 to 2003–04, no differences in the body shape parameter, reciprocal ponderal index (RPI) or age were identified. Goalkeepers, central defenders, and central strikers were found to be taller (P50.001), heavier (P50.001), and older (P50.001) than players playing in wider positions, but midfielders and wider players were found to have both lower BMI and RPI than central players. However, when players from successful teams (top six) were compared with less successful teams using binary logistic regression, players from successful teams were found to be taller and more linear (as identified by a greater RPI and ectomorphy score; both P50.05) and also younger (P50.05), a trend that appears to have increased in the most recent season studied, 2003–2004, a characteristic that is most marked among forwards (P50.05). In conclusion, these results suggest that football coaches and talent scouts should pay attention to the body shape (selecting taller/more linear athletes with a high RPI) when selecting potential players for their squads.
Citation:
Journal of Sports Sciences, 27(5): 419-426
Publisher:
Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Journal:
Journal of Sports Sciences
Issue Date:
2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/52134
DOI:
10.1080/02640410802668676
Additional Links:
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/02640410802668676
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
02640414; 1466447X
Appears in Collections:
Sport, Exercise and Health Research Group; Learning and Teaching in Sport, Exercise and Performance

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dc.contributor.authorNevill, Alan M.-
dc.contributor.authorHolder, Roger L.-
dc.contributor.authorWatts, Adam-
dc.date.accessioned2009-03-04T18:31:29Z-
dc.date.available2009-03-04T18:31:29Z-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Sports Sciences, 27(5): 419-426en
dc.identifier.issn02640414-
dc.identifier.issn1466447X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02640410802668676-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/52134-
dc.description.abstractFootball coaches and sports scientists are always seeking to identify key characteristics that can distinguish between successful and less successful footballers and teams. The purpose of the present article was to identify whether any body size, shape, and age characteristics might be associated with more successful professional footballers and whether any such characteristics might have changed over time. We found that despite a significant increase in professional footballers’ height, body mass, and body mass index (BMI) from 1973–74 to 2003–04, no differences in the body shape parameter, reciprocal ponderal index (RPI) or age were identified. Goalkeepers, central defenders, and central strikers were found to be taller (P50.001), heavier (P50.001), and older (P50.001) than players playing in wider positions, but midfielders and wider players were found to have both lower BMI and RPI than central players. However, when players from successful teams (top six) were compared with less successful teams using binary logistic regression, players from successful teams were found to be taller and more linear (as identified by a greater RPI and ectomorphy score; both P50.05) and also younger (P50.05), a trend that appears to have increased in the most recent season studied, 2003–2004, a characteristic that is most marked among forwards (P50.05). In conclusion, these results suggest that football coaches and talent scouts should pay attention to the body shape (selecting taller/more linear athletes with a high RPI) when selecting potential players for their squads.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoutledge (Taylor & Francis)en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/02640410802668676en
dc.subjectBody shapeen
dc.subjectReciprocal Ponderal Indexen
dc.subjectBinary logistic regressionen
dc.subjectEctomorphyen
dc.subjectFootballen
dc.subjectAthletesen
dc.subjectElite athleteen
dc.subjectFootball playersen
dc.subjectSoccer playersen
dc.subjectTalent identificationen
dc.subject.meshBody Sizeen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshAnthropometryen
dc.subject.meshSportsen
dc.subject.meshSports Medicineen
dc.titleThe changing shape of “successful” professional footballersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Sports Sciencesen
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