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Fırat Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Tıp Dergisi
2009, Cilt 23, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 113-118
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Talent Selection in Sports and Assessment of the Physical Characteristics and Some Performance Profiles of Male Children Between 8-10 Years Old in Guidance to Sports (Ankara Sample)
Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi, Beden Eğitimi ve Spor Yüksekokulu, Trabzon, TÜRKİYE
Keywords: Talent selection, somatotype, anthropometry, children, performance tests

In this study, it was aimed to examine some performance charecteristics, somatotype and anthropometric characteristics of male children aged between 8-10 years living in Ankara city in order to talent identification and routing to sport capabilities.

One thousand nine hundred and ninty-five volunteers from secondary school male students with a mean (SD) age of 9±1, from 23 schools in Ankara, participated in the study group of this sample. In our study 11 anthropometric measurements such as, skinfold thickness, circumference and width were performed. Heath-Carter method was used to determine the somatotype characteristics. Of the performance characteristics, standing long jump test, vertical jump test, sitting ball throwing test, 20 m. speed run test and shuttle run test were examined. The statistical analyses of the measurements were calculated by using SPSS 11.0.

The mean somatotype values of the male students that participated were as follows: endomorphy 3,60±1,00, mesomorphy 4,06±1,26, ectomorphy 2,87±1,43 and mean performance test scores were; vertical jump 18,03±5,28 cm, standing long jump 108,14±18,86 cm, 20 m speed run test 4,47±0,94 sec, sitting ball throwing 92,60±28,66 cm and shuttle run test was 25,13±10,99.

We believe that the data recruited from this study will contribute to the knowledge available at present about the talent identification and talent selection in sports and to establish the normative values and to benefit the investments on sports and sportspeople at a maximum level as well as add to the studies performed on this field in our country.

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