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Physical characteristics of players within the Australian Football League participation pathways: a systematic review

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Physical characteristics of players within the Australian Football League participation pathways: a systematic review
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Sports Medicine - Open, December 2017
DOI 10.1186/s40798-017-0109-9
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Jade A. Z. Haycraft, Stephanie Kovalchik, David B. Pyne, Sam Robertson

Abstract

Australian football (AF) players require endurance, strength, speed, and agility to be successful. Tests assessing physical characteristics are commonly used for talent identification; however, their ability to differentiate between players across the Australian Football League's (AFL) participation pathway remains unclear. The objective of this review was to quantify the physical characteristics of male AF players across the AFL participation pathway. A search of databases was undertaken. Studies examining tests of physical performance were included, with 27 meeting the inclusion/exclusion criteria. Study appraisal was conducted using a checklist of selection criteria. The 20-m sprint time was the most reported test, followed by vertical jump (VJ), AFL planned agility, and 20-m multi-stage fitness test (MSFT). The fastest times for 20-m sprint were for Elite AFL players (range 2.94-3.13 s), with local-level players the slowest (3.22-4.06 s). State Junior Under (U) 18s (58-66 cm) had higher jumps than senior players, with the lowest jumps reported for Local U10s (mean 31 cm). No elite-level data were reported for the AFL planned agility or 20-m MSFT. AFL planned agility times were only reported for talent pathway levels, with large performance variability evident across all levels (8.17-9.12 s). Only mean 20-m MSFT scores were reported from Local U10s to National Draft Camp (6.10-13.50 shuttles). Talent pathway players exhibit similar mean test scores irrespective of the physical test, with the exception of 20-m sprint and VJ. Physical tests can discriminate between local participation level players but are less useful within the AFL talent pathway.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 126 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 35 28%
Student > Master 21 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 6%
Student > Postgraduate 4 3%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 3%
Other 16 13%
Unknown 38 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Sports and Recreations 40 32%
Nursing and Health Professions 19 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 11 9%
Unspecified 3 2%
Psychology 2 2%
Other 9 7%
Unknown 42 33%
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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 11. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 January 2018.
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#3,069,545
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#7
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