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Train Smarter, Play More: Insights About Preparation and Game Participation in Youth National Team.

Title :
Train Smarter, Play More: Insights About Preparation and Game Participation in Youth National Team.
Authors :
Arede, Jorge
Ferreira, António Paulo
Esteves, Pedro
Gonzalo-Skok, Oliver
Leite, Nuno
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Subjects :
PHYSICAL training & conditioning
NATIONAL sports teams
SPORTS for youth
SPORTS competitions
BASKETBALL tournaments
EUROBASKET (Basketball)
Source :
Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport. Dec2020, Vol. 91 Issue 4, p583-593. 11p.
Academic Journal
Purpose: The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship between physical preparation, training sessions (TS) and friendly matches' (FM) demands, and playing status during European Championship (EC). Method: Twelve under-16 (U-16) basketball players performed physical (jumping, agility, aerobic fitness, and lower limb asymmetry index [ASI]) tests prior to attending the national team training camp. External training load was assessed using the WIMU PRO System put in place during TS (n = 19) and FM (n = 3), integrating the national team preparation. Perceptual response (RPE), muscle soreness (DOMS), and game-related statistics were also collected. Playing status during the U-16 EC (starters vs nonstarters) were taken into consideration to analyze the between-subjects differences across all variables. A stepwise discriminant analysis was computed to identify the construct that best differentiated the players' playing status (starters vs nonstarters) during the EC. Results: The starters were characterized by lower movement demands in both TS (ES: −0.02 to −1.26) and FM (ES: −0.03 to −1.94), however, outscored nonstarters in most FM-related statistics (ES: 0.10 to 3.62), with exception to blocks and rebounds. The number of high-intensity decelerations during FM (p ≤.05), but also training DOMS, number of steals, efficiency, minutes during FM, and countermovement jump (CMJ) (p ≤.01) substantially discriminated the playing status over the course of the EC. Conclusion: Game-related statistics obtained in FM seem to be a determinant aspect that increases the probability to be the starter during the EC. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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