Evaluation of anthropometric, physiological, and skill-related tests for talent identification in female field hockey

Justin W.L. Keogh*, Clare L. Weber, Carl T. Dalton

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The purpose of the present study was to develop an effective testing battery for female field hockey by using anthropometric, physiological, and skill-related tests to distinguish between regional representative (Rep, n = 35) and local club level (Club, n = 39) female field hockey players. Rep players were significantly leaner and recorded faster times for the 10-m and 40-m sprints as well as the Illinois Agility Run (with and without dribbling a hockey ball). Rep players also had greater aerobic and lower body muscular power and were more accurate in the shooting accuracy test, p < 0.05. No significant differences between groups were evident for height, body mass, speed decrement in 6 × 40-m repeated sprints, handgrip strength, or pushing speed. These results indicate that %BF, sprinting speed, agility, dribbling control, aerobic and muscular power, and shooting accuracy can distinguish between female field hockey players of varying standards. Therefore talent identification programs for female field hockey should include assessments of these physical parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-409
Number of pages13
JournalCanadian Journal of Applied Physiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes


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