The effect of natural and artificial grass on sprinting performance in young soccer players
The sprint performance on natural and artificial gr ass of 5 th generation was assessed. Sixty eight young male soccer players, which were divided in two groups ac cording to their age [children (n=36; 12.1±0.5y) an d adolescents (n=32; 14.2±0.4y)], performed 30-m sprint tests with and w ithout handling the ball on natural and artificial grass. The performance was recorded during 0-10m, 10-30m, and 0-30m runnin g distances. It was found that children were signif icantly faster during 0-10m running distance on the artificial compared t o natural grass when handling the ball while adoles cents revealed no differences in sprint performance between the surfa ces irrespectively of the ball condition. In runnin g distances 10-30m and 0-30m, children were significant faster in the arti ficial compared to the natural grass either with or without ball, while the adolescents were significantly faster in the artifi cial grass only without handling the ball. Children run faster on artificial than natural grass while adolescent soccer players are f aster in artificial grass when they do not have to handle the ball. It is clear that children should be more careful when play socc er on artificial grass because the ball is moving f aster and greater skill is needed in order to avoid injuries. Keywords: Adolescent, Artificia
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Adolescent, Artificial, Children, Natural Grass, Sp rint Ability, Turf
Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, Σχολή Επιστήμης Φυσικής Αγωγής και Αθλητισμού, Τμήμα Επιστήμης Φυσικής Αγωγής και Αθλητισμού
Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, Σχολή Επιστήμης Φυσικής Αγωγής και Αθλητισμού, Τμήμα Επιστήμης Φυσικής Αγωγής και Αθλητισμού (Σέρρες)
American Journal of Sports Science, vol.2 no.1  p.1-4
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