The current status of morphological characteristics and health related fitness of youth football academies
Anteneh Kumlachew, Harish Kumar
The purpose of this study was to shows the current status of morphological characteristics and health related fitness of youth football players. Cross-sectional study design was employed for this study. The subjects of the study were youth footballers of Ambo FIFA goal project; Ethiopian youth sport academy and Tirunesh Dibaba training Centre. The total of 222 male and female subjects under the age categories of U15 and U17 was selected using purposive sampling technique, among this number 120 male and 102 was female. The data was collected through the appropriate demographic characteristics, morphological characteristics; and Health related fitness tests were used. Descriptive statistics Mean ± SD and frequency was used and also ANOVA was used to determine the differences of youth sport academies. The result shows that the players have an ideal BMI in all academies as compared with the normal range of 18.5-24.9 kg/m2 of BMI. The significant difference was observed in waist, thigh, calf, hip circumference, leg length and sitting height except, in arm span. A significance difference was not observed between youth sport academies in body fat %, cardio vascular endurance, abdominal and back muscle strength and endurance and Illinois agility tests.