The Role of Anthropometric Parameters on Single-Leg Balance Performance in Young Sub-Elite Soccer Players

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  • 1 Saarland University
  • 2 University of Duisburg-Essen
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The main purpose of this study was to determine the covariation of anthropometric parameters and the center of pressure (CoP) of young soccer players. Sub-elite young male players between 16 and 17 years (N = 42) were instructed to perform single-leg balance tasks under different conditions: static and dynamic balance on firm and foam ground. Single-leg balance was measured with a Kistler force plate. The measures of postural control were the CoP displacement in anterior-posterior and medio-lateral directions. Further, the following anthropometric variables were assessed: body height, body weight, foot length, and foot width. Results indicated only two small-sized correlations between body height/weight and the CoP measures. The covariation between body height, body weight, and the CoP measures for the single-leg stance in young male sub-elite soccer players was less than 10%.

Krombholz, Daniel, Leinen, and Panzer are with the Institute of Sport Science, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany. Muehlbauer is with the Department of Sport and Human Movement Science, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany.

Panzer (s.panzer@mx.uni-saarland.de) is corresponding author.
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