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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

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CALLEJA-GONZALEZ, Julio et al. Evolution of physical characteristics in mid level young basketball players. CPD [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.3, pp.199-204. ISSN 1989-5879.

Aim: The aim of the study was to analyse the evolution of physical abilities of mid level basketball players during a 2 year period (age groups: cadet and junior). Method: 15 male basketball players were observed during 2 years: in the last year of cadet age group (U16) and in the first year of junior age group (U18). The test trials were performed 4 times (M) along the season. [1. September (pre-season), 2. December, 3. April and 4. July, for 8 different tests in total]. The test set was as follows: 20 m sprint test (MST), agility test (AGIT), medicinal ball throwing 5 kg (5KGT), vertical jump (CMJ), flexibility Sit and Reach test (SAR) and the Course Navette (CN). Results: The players improved their MST: [1o M: 3.16 ± 0.27 m/s Vs. 4o M: 2.87 ± 0.17 m/s; (p<0.05)]; in CMJ, statistical differences were observed between 1o and 8o M [1o M: 32.57 ± 2.8 cm Vs. 8o M: 42.14 ± 3.8 cm;(p<0.05)]; the results of SAR test showed a decrease (1o M: 13.14 ± 12.27 cm to 8o M: 6.42 ± 7.36 cm); other significant differences were also oberved when 1o M and 8o M were compared for CNT [1o M: 10.36 ± 1.7 stages Vs. 8o M: 12.5 ± 1.4 stages; (p<0.05)]. Conclusions: Significant improvements were unvealed for neuromuscular ability, aerobic power and flexibility.

Keywords : basketball; physical characteristics; young players.

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