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Relationship Between General and Specific Coordination in 8- to 17-Year-Old Male Basketball Players.

Kamandulis, S. and Venckunas, T. and Masiulis, N. and Matulaitis, K. and Balciunas, M. and Peters, D.M. and Skurvydas, A. (2013) Relationship Between General and Specific Coordination in 8- to 17-Year-Old Male Basketball Players. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 117 (3). pp. 821-836. ISSN 0031-5125

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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationships between general coordination, sport-specifi c coordination, and sport-specifi c fi tness of 8- to 17-year-old male basketball players. 312 males with training experience ranging from one year in the 8-year-old cohort up to 10 years for the 17-yearolds performed basketball-specifi c fi tness (20 m sprint, Illinois, countermovement jump), general coordination (20 m run with three obstacles), semi-basketball-specifi c coordination (20 m sprint dribbling two balls, countermovement jump with arm swing) and basketball-specifi c coordination (Illinois ball dribbling) tests. There were moderate to large correlations between the results of both general and basketball- specifi c coordination with the results of most basketball-specifi c coordination tests in all age groups. Correlations between general and basketball-specifi c coordination were large in four age groups (11–14 yr., r = .52 to r = .76), moderate in fi ve groups (8–10, 15 & 16 yr., r = .37 to r = .46), while not signifi cant in the 17-year-olds. These results suggest that the importance of general coordination for sport-specifi c skills improvements during a sports-specifi c skill acquisition phase, remains high at the skill refi nement phase, and decreases when sport-specifi c skills have been mastered to near-perfection.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: coordination, fitness, basketball players
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 13:57
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2014 14:16

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