Journal of Human Sport and Exercise

Postural control in young soccer players: differences between the cognitive approach and ecological-dynamic one

Gaetano Raiola, Erik Nughes



Previous research had evaluated the training football effect in adolescence on postural control through the use of a platform of strength for the detection of the COP; however This research showed just how football compared to other sports or compared to sedentary individuals would improve postural stability in adolescence before the normal maturation of man. However the significance of this potential can be given by the skills developed through this sport or its exercises / situations that facilitate the learning. This further research on the influence of football training on postural control will have to show the  specific factors that lead to a greater postural control; Therefore, the project deals with two different methodologies in experiencing different workout on two groups of children aged between 6-7 years, which will be offered its training program for five years, and the beginning and end of each year / cycle training will be conducted surveys through a platform of strength of the COP to assess postural stability of children. Teaching applications will be either prescriptive or ecological - dynamic and the final goal of this study is to highlight precisely what kind of methodological approach in football will lead to a greater postural control in adolescence, in order to get additional data that can contribute looking for the Peterson search done in  2006 on the variables that influence the postural control in adolescence.


football training, adolescence, COP


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