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Vol. 48. Issue 179.
Pages 89-96 (July - September 2013)
Vol. 48. Issue 179.
Pages 89-96 (July - September 2013)
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A functional and morphological study of amateur football players in Mendoza, Argentina
Nahuel Búaa,
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, Nahuel Búab, Andrea Vanina Rodríguezc, Gastón César Garcíad, Gastón César Garcíac
a Club Social y deportivo La Llave, San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina
b Federación Mendocina de Atletismo, Argentina
c Instituto Superior de Formación Docente «Mercedes Tomasa de San Martín de Balcarce 9-003», San Rafael, Mendoza, country
d San Jorge Rugby Club, San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina
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The purpose of the study was to determine the functions and morphology of adult soccer players of Mendoza (Argentina).

Material and methods

A total of 71 soccer players were assessed 3 times at the end of pre-season period. The sample was categorized according to the positional role: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and attackers. A total of 25 anthropometric variables were measured to determine the morphological profile. Body composition was calculated by the five-way fractionation method. The Course Navette (20m-SRT) was applied to calculate the VO2max predictor. The strength of the lower limbs was evaluated by performing 5 jump tests (Abalakov, squat jump, counter movement jump, bounce jump and rocket jump). The 30-meter test at 10 meter test intervals was used to assess maximum speed and acceleration. Range of motion was obtained using a lower limb goniometer. The analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to determine the differences between positions.


The midfielders had lower body weight, body mass (kg), body mass index and endomorphy. In the functional profile they had higher VO2max predictive and a lower jump height in the bounce jump. These differences were statistically significant (P < .05).


The differences found according to the playing positions were lower than in professional players. The proposed test battery is useful for assessing the functional and morphological profile of amateur soccer players. It is a low cost and easy to use application.

Body composition
VO 2max
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