Physical and physiological characteristics of baseball trained adolescents
Keywords:baseball, flexibility, anaerobic power, strength
AbstractThe aim of the study is to contrast the physical characteristics of 13-16 years old baseball trained adolescents with the same age sedentary adolescents. Baseball trained adolescents (n=10), who were trained approximately 45±10.67 month, and inactive adolescents (n=14) participated in this research voluntarily. Sit and reach flexibility test, 10-20-30 meter sprint test, active and squat jump tests, hand grip strength test, Wingate anaerobic power test were used to evaluate the physical characteristics of baseball trained adolescents and sedentary adolescents. As a result of the research there is no significant difference between the sedentary adolescents’ and baseball trained adolescents’ age, height, body mass, BMI, body fat percentage and sit-reach flexibility test values. There is a significant difference between the sedentary adolescents’ and baseball trained adolescents’ active and squat jump test, 10-20-30 meter sprint test, left and right hand grip strength test values (p£0.05). Baseball play trained adolescents’ active and squat jump test, 10-20-30 meter sprint test, left and right hand grip strength test values were found statistically higher than values of sedentary adolescents. Baseball trained adolescents’ absolute peak power and absolute average power were determined higher than sedentary adolescents but no difference was found between the relative peak power, relative average power.
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