Age-related Differences in Motor Coordination Among Young Soccer Players

2021-03-01
Dirik, Hasan Batuhan
Söğüt, Mustafa
Objective: The purposes of this study were to determine the motor coordination levels of young soccer players and to examine the age-related differences. Material and Methods: Participants were 93 young (11.9±1.7 years) soccer players. According to their birth years, they were allocated to U10 (n=29), U12 (n=38), and U14 (n=26) categories. Body height and weight were measured and body mass index was calculated as dividing the body weight by the square of the body height. Körperkoordinationstest für Kinder (KTK) was used to assess the motor coordination of the participants. The KTK includes 4 subtests; walking backward, hopping on one leg, jumping sideways, and moving sideways. The raw scores for each subset were converted to the age-specific motor quotient. The sum of 4 items was used to calculate the total KTK motor quotient scores. Finally, the total KTK motor quotient scores were utilized to classify the motor coordination levels of players. Results: Results revealed that none of the players performed lower than the normal level in motor coordination. Furthermore, 10.8% of the participants performed above the normal level. Older players had significantly higher values on each KTK subtests for the raw scores when compared to younger players. However, no significant agerelated differences were observed on motor quotient scores among groups. Conclusion: These findings indicated that young male soccer players in different age groups may have similar age-adjusted levels of motor coordination.
Citation Formats
H. B. Dirik and M. Söğüt, “Age-related Differences in Motor Coordination Among Young Soccer Players,” pp. 41–45, 2021, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/89404.