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Ricardo Rebelo-Gonçalves, Manuel João Coelho-e-Silva, Vítor Severino, Antonio Tessitore and António José Barata Figueiredo

Studies focused on position-related characteristics of young soccer players often ignore the goalkeepers. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of playing position on anthropometry, physiological attributes, soccer skills, and goal orientation across adolescence. One hundred forty-five soccer players age 11–19 y were assessed in training experience, body size, maturation, physiological parameters, soccer skills, and goal orientation. Factorial ANOVA was used to test the effect of age group, playing position, and respective interaction terms, while analysis of variance was used to compare goalkeepers vs outfielders in middle (under 13 [U-13] and U-15) and late (U-17 and U-19) adolescence. Discriminant analysis was used to identify the variables that contributed to explaining playing positions. Age group was a consistent source of variation for all variables except task and ego orientations. Fat mass, agility, endurance, dribbling speed, shooting accuracy, and passing were affected by the gradient derived from the classification between goalkeepers and outfielders. It was possible to correctly classify the playing position based on fat-free mass and 3 manipulative skills in younger players and on 4 skills in U-17 and U-19 soccer players. Future research should include longitudinal information to improve our understanding of the factors that contribute to distinguish goalkeepers from outfielders.

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Simon A. Feros, Warren B. Young and Brendan J. O’Brien

Fast bowling is a specialized discipline within the game of cricket. Typically, fast bowlers form the majority of the “bowling attack” against the opposition team. Each fast bowler presents with varying skill sets and abilities. Some bowlers are renowned for their excellent bowling accuracy (eg

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Wesley O’Brien, Michael J. Duncan, Orlagh Farmer and Diarmuid Lester

Physical literacy has been previously defined as having the motivation, confidence, physical competence, understanding, knowledge, skills, and attitudes to live a physically active life ( Whitehead, 2007 ). Movement competency, an integral component of physical literacy, has been shown to be an

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Cecilia Hoi Sze Chan, Amy Sau Ching Ha and Johan Yau Yin Ng

Elementary physical education (PE) serves as the foundation to develop fundamental movement skills (FMS) ( Holt-Hale & Persse, 2015 ). The acquisition of a solid base of FMS has multiple benefits for health ( Lubans, Morgan, Cliff, Barnett, & Okely, 2010 ). Actual motor competence is defined in

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Viviene A. Temple, Dawn L. Lefebvre, Stephanie C. Field, Jeff R. Crane, Beverly Smith and Patti-Jean Naylor

relationships between motor development and physical activity engagement was central to the development of Stodden and colleagues’ ( 2008 ) conceptual model. The model illustrates a developmentally dynamic and reciprocal relationship between motor skill competence and physical activity; where fundamental motor

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Zenzi Huysmans, Damien Clement, Robert Hilliard and Adam Hansell

Within the youth sport context, coaches take on many different roles and responsibilities. Youth coaches are, first and foremost, responsible for performance outcomes and teaching sport-specific physical, tactical, and technical skills ( International Council for Coaching Excellence, Association of

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Vaimanino Rogers, Lisa M. Barnett and Natalie Lander

Regular participation levels in physical activity (PA) are low among the adolescent population globally, particularly among adolescent girls ( Hallal et al., 2012 ). Fundamental movement skill (FMS) mastery is an important correlate of PA behavior ( Babic et al., 2014 ; Holfelder & Schott, 2014

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Camilo Sáenz-Moncaleano, Itay Basevitch and Gershon Tenenbaum

Making contact with the ball when receiving a serve is a refined skill that requires years of practice ( Goulet, Bard, & Fleury, 1989 ). Superior hand–eye coordination and perception–action coupling enable the motor system to make contact with a fast-approaching ball, a feat that challenges the

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Ruri Famelia, Emi Tsuda, Syahrial Bakhtiar and Jacqueline D. Goodway

proposed by Stodden et al. ( 2008 ). This model suggests that fundamental motor skill (FMS) competence may be a key underlying mechanism driving physical activity behaviors over time. Moreover, perceived motor competence, and health-related fitness may mediate this relationship ( Robinson et al., 2015

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Cynthia J. Wright, Nico G. Silva, Erik E. Swartz and Brent L. Arnold

access with minimal cervical motion. 7 , 8 However, recent recommendations have proposed removal of both the helmet and pads prior to emergency transportation (which would eliminate the need for facemask removal alone), due to barriers the equipment poses to effective basic or advanced lifesaving skills