Science, Movement and Health, vol.10, no.2, pp.561-565, 2010 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
The purpose of this study was to determine and to compare some performance variables of 10-13 year
old children who were selected with talent searching method in athletics according to age group.
Top 10% of children were selected to the athletics at their age group according to the normative study in
Ankara (Pekel H. A., 2007). 147 children (30 girls & 18 boys at 10-year-old, 14 girls & 24 boys at 11-year-old,
11 girls & 22 boys at 12-year-old, 12 girls & 16 boys at 13-year-old) were volunteered to participate in this
study. Each subject performed flexibility, 30 m run test, standing long jump, and Illinois agility run test.
As the age increases, the body height and body weight increase with it. In boys, there was significant
difference in 30 m sprint performance between age group. Although there were not significant differences in
jump and agility performance, the improvement was found with age increasing in boys children. On the other
hand 11-year-old girls group have better performance values than 12-year-old girls group in all performance
Body height, body weight, jump, sprint and agility performance improvement was observed in parallel
with age increasing. For further study, children’s maturation status should also investigate whether this
improvement would effect from maturation.