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American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2014, 2(4), 136-142
DOI: 10.12691/ajssm-2-4-4
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Anthropometric and Physical Fitness Characteristics of Elite Futsal Tunisian Players

Trabelsi Y1, 2, Aouichaoui C1, 3, , Richalet JP4 and Tabka Z1

1Université de Sousse, Laboratoire de Physiologie et des Explorations Fonctionnelles, Faculté de Médecine de Sousse, Sousse, Tunisie

2Université de Sfax, Institut Supérieur du Sport et de l’Education Physique de Sfax, Sfax, Tunisie

3Université de Sfax, Institut Supérieur du Sport et de l’Education Physique de Sfax, Sfax, Tunisie;Université de Gafsa, Institut Supérieur du Sport et de l’Education Physique de Gafsa, Gafsa, Tunisie

4Université Paris 13, Laboratoire "Réponses Cellulaires et Fonctionnelles à l’hypoxie" EA 2363, Bobigny, France

Pub. Date: May 28, 2014

Cite this paper:
Trabelsi Y, Aouichaoui C, Richalet JP and Tabka Z. Anthropometric and Physical Fitness Characteristics of Elite Futsal Tunisian Players. American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 2014; 2(4):136-142. doi: 10.12691/ajssm-2-4-4

Abstract

The purposes of this study are to establish the relationships among vertical jumping parameters, aerobic fitness and sprint running performance and to examine the anthropometric and physiological profile in elite Futsal Tunisian players. Twenty-six elite Tunisian Futsal players (age 26 ± 3 years, height 1.77 ± 0.75 m, weight 69.3 ± 8.5 Kg) volunteered to participate in this study. On separate days, all participants were asked to perform physical performance tests (Squat jump (SJ), countermovement jump (CMJ), sprint and aerobic power test (20-m shuttle run). Pearson’s correlation coefficient and multiple regression analysis were used to analyze the data set and to identify which variables significantly influence sprint performance variables. We have found in the current study a negative association between 10 m sprint time and maximal oxygen uptake (r= -0.44, p<0.05). Leg anaerobic power characteristics were inversely related to 20 m (r= -0.46) and 10 × 5 m sprint time (r= -0.41). Therefore, muscle power and maximum oxygen uptake seem to be important physiological characteristics for sprinting performance in elite Futsal Tunisian players. This study could help practitioners and coaches to better design training by emphasizing the importance of combining adapted leg muscular power training with sprint running training programs for improving short-distance sprint performance.

Keywords:
indoor soccer sprint performance vertical jumps maximal oxygen uptake

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