PERFORMANCE FACTORS DIFFER BETWEEN ADOLESCENT BOYS AND GIRLS
Bale, P., Mayhew, J. L., Piper, F. C., Ball, T. E., & Willman, M. K. (1992). Biological and performance variables in relation to age in male and female adolescent athletes. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 32, 142-148.
Adolescent (M = 103, F = 65) athletes between the ages of 13 and 18 were measured for motor performance and anthropometric variables. The following were found.
It was concluded that growth contributed significantly to enhanced motor performance with age but its effects may be different in boys than in girls.
Implication. In adolescence, the physical factors that affect performance are mostly related to age but differ between males and females. It would be appropriate to plan and justify training programs for adolescents on the basis of gender-specific decisions.
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