Identifying the physical and anthropometric qualities explanatory of paddling adolescents

Sinclair, Wade H., Leicht, Anthony S., Eady, Troy W., Marshall, Nick J., and Woods, Carl T. (2017) Identifying the physical and anthropometric qualities explanatory of paddling adolescents. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20 (12). pp. 1112-1116.

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Abstract

Objectives: This study aimed to identify the physical and/or anthropometric qualities explanatory of adolescent surf lifesavers participating in paddling activities.

Design: Cross-sectional observational study.

Methods: A total of 53 (14-18 y) male participants were recruited and classified into two groups; paddlers (n = 30; actively participating in paddling), non-paddlers (n = 23; not actively participating in paddling). All participants completed a testing battery that consisted of 16 physical (isometric strength and muscular endurance) and anthropometric (height, mass, segment lengths and breadths) assessments. Binary logistic regression models and receiver operating characteristic curves were built to identify the physical and/or anthropometric qualities most explanatory of paddling status (two levels: 1 = paddlers, 0 = non-paddlers).

Results: Significant between group differences were noted for 13 of the 16 assessments (P<0.05; d = 0.59-1.25). However, it was the combination of horizontal shoulder abduction isometric strength, body mass, and sitting height that provided the greatest association with paddling status (Akaike Information Criterion = 47.13). This full model successfully detected 87% and 70% of the paddlers and non-paddlers, respectively, with an area under the curve of 84.2%.

Conclusions: These results indicate that there are distinctive physical and anthropometric qualities that may be advantageous for prospective paddling athletes to possess. Practitioners should integrate assessments of horizontal shoulder abduction isometric strength, body mass, and sitting height, as well as their subsequent cut-off thresholds, into talent detection programs focused toward the recognition of performance potential in paddling-oriented sports.

Item ID: 48868
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1878-1861
Keywords: kayaking; sports performance; talent identification; receiver operating characteristic curves
Funders: Surf Life Saving Australia
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 21:52
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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