Reliability and Validity of a Novel Futsal Special Performance Test Designed to Measure Skills and Anaerobic Performance

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Purpose: To examine the validity and reliability of a novel futsal special performance test (FSPT) as a measure of futsal performance and skills. Methods: Thirty-six futsal players with different levels of experience were recruited and divided into 2 groups (elite and nonelite). Players participated in 4 sessions (at least 7 d apart): (1) familiarization session, (2) anaerobic power (Wingate test), (3) FSPT trial 1, and (4) FSPT trial 2. The FSPT was carried out on a futsal court (wooden sprung floor) and skills such as dribbling, rotation, long and short passing, and shooting were examined. Content validity was assessed by 6 experienced futsal coaches and instructors. Results: There was a significant correlation between FSPT and various aspects of anaerobic power (r = .5–.91; P ≤ .001). Moreover, significant large correlations were observed between test and retest of FSPT (r = .77; 95% confidence interval [CI], .56–.98; P ≤ .001). All instructors and coaches confirmed the content validity. There was high interrater reliability of the FSPT (r = .89; 95% CI, .85–.93; P < .001). FSPT total time (P = .001), penalty time (P = .022), and performance time (P = .001) were superior in elite relative to nonelite players. Anaerobic power was greater in elite players (P < .001). Conclusion: The results support the use of the FSPT to assess futsal players’ performance in conjunction with skill and anaerobic fitness.

Farhani, Rajabi, and Amani Shalamzari are with the Dept of Exercise Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran. Negaresh is with the Dept of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. Ali is with the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. Baker is with the Applied Physiology Research Laboratory, School of Health & Life Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Farhani (F.Farid1993@yahoo.com) is corresponding author.
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