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American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2014, 2(1), 6-16
DOI: 10.12691/ajssm-2-1-2
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Effect of Anthropometric Characteristics and Socio-Economic Status on Vertical Jumping Performances in Tunisian Athletic Children

C Aouichaoui1, , Y Trabelsi1, Z Tabka1, M Dogui2, JP Richalet3 and E Bouhlel1

1Laboratory of Physiology and Lung Function Testing, Faculty of Medicine Ibn-El-Jazzar, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia

2Laboratory of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Monastir, Tunisia

3Laboratory of Cellular and Functional Responses to Hypoxia, University of Paris 13, Bobigny, France

Pub. Date: January 16, 2014

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C Aouichaoui, Y Trabelsi, Z Tabka, M Dogui, JP Richalet and E Bouhlel. Effect of Anthropometric Characteristics and Socio-Economic Status on Vertical Jumping Performances in Tunisian Athletic Children. American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2014; 2(1):6-16. doi: 10.12691/ajssm-2-1-2


The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of socioeconomic factors on vertical jumping performance as well as on anthropometric parameters in athletic Tunisian children aged 7 to 13 in both sexes.Four hundred and seven athletic Tunisian children (218 boys and 189 girls) ranging from 7 to 13 were randomly selected to participate in our study. They were asked to perform Squat jumps (SJ) and Countermovement jumps (CMJ) and to response to a questionnaire. Jump heights and leg power were simultaneously provided by the optojump device. Correlations and regression models were calculated in order to identify which factors influenced jumping performance variables. In our population of athletic Tunisian children, the socioeconomic status did not influence vertical jumping parameters whereas morphological factors were the main predictive factors of jumping. This research may help verifying the effectiveness of a specific training program and detecting highly talented athletes.

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