A Comparison of Physical Structure and Motoric Characteristics in Basketball by Age Categories

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Cengizel Ç. Ö., Öz E., Cengizel E.

The Journal of Eurasia Sport Sciences and Medicine, vol.2, no.1, pp.10-16, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


The purpose of this study is comparing physical and motoric characteristics in youth basketball players according to age categories. The study included 80 male basketball players belonging to three different categories (njunior: 13, nyouth: 36, nlittle: 31) as volunteers. Before the research, parents' consent documents were obtained from the parents of the players. In the study, body height, body weight, 20m sprint, Illinois agility test and horizontal and vertical jump tests were applied. One-way analysis of variance was used to determine the differences between categories. Measurement values that provide variance homogeneity were evaluated by Tukey statistics (p<0.05). A significant difference was found between the little team and other teams in all parameters (p<0.05). In this study, sprint, agility and jumping performance, and physical characteristics were significantly different between groups in the junior, youth and little categories. These data provide basketball coaches with information about the physical and motoric characteristics of the specified categories.