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dc.contributor.authorCullen, Bryan D.
dc.contributor.authorCregg, Cathal J.
dc.contributor.authorKelly, David T.
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Sarah M.
dc.contributor.authorDaly, Pat G.
dc.contributor.authorMoyna, Niall M.
dc.identifier.citationCullen, B.D., Cregg, C. J., Kelly, D.T., Hughes, S. M., Daly, P.G., Moyna, Niall M. (2013). Fitness profiling of elite level adolescent Gaelic football players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 27(8): p 2096-2103.en_US
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dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to evaluate the anthropometric characteristics and fitness levels of elite level under 18 (U-18) Gaelic football players to establish normative centile scores for selected fitness parameters and to compare the physical and fitness characteristics relative to each playing position. A total of 265 male U-18 Gaelic football players (age: 16.96 ± 0.7 years; height: 178.11 ± 6.27 cm; weight: 72.07 ± 8.68 kg) participated in the study. According to positional roles, players were categorized as goalkeepers (n = 13), defenders (n = 113), midfielders (n = 30), and forwards (n = 109). Height and weight were measured, and skinfolds were taken before participants sequentially performed a sit and reach test (S&R), countermovement jump (CMJ), standing long jump (SLJ), 5- and 20-m speed test, and the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 1 (YYIRT1). The percentage body fat was higher (p < 0.01) in goalkeepers than the other playing positions. Goalkeepers had a higher body mass index than defenders (p < 0.05) and forwards (p < 0.01). Midfielders and goalkeepers were taller (p < 0.01) and heavier (p < 0.01) than defenders and forwards. The total distance covered in the YYIRT1 was significantly lower (p < 0.01) in goalkeepers than the other playing positions. There was no significant positional difference in the performance scores in the S&R test, CMJ, SLJ, and 5- and 20-m running speed. The study findings indicate minimal differences in the anthropometric and physiological characteristics between playing positions in elite youth level Gaelic football players. The norm-referenced percentile scores will enable conditioning coaches to benchmark elite performance and design training programs.en_US
dc.publisherNational Strength and Conditioning Associationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Strength and Conditioning Researchen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland*
dc.subjectFitness profileen_US
dc.titleFitness profiling of elite level adolescent Gaelic football players.en_US
dc.identifier.doidoi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318277fce2
dc.identifier.orcid 0002 6131 4834
dc.rights.accessOpen Accessen_US
dc.subject.departmentFaculty of Science & Health AITen_US

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