The Relationship Between Fundamental Movement Skills and Landing Error Scoring System Performance in Youth Soccer Players

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between motor competence (MC) and landing error scoring system (LESS) performance in a sample of male junior grassroots footballers aged 10-13 years. Ninety-eight boys aged 10-13 years (Mean ± SD = 11.7 ± 1 years) undertook assessment of MC, using the Test of Gross Motor Development (3rd edition) and ACL injury risk using the LESS. Height and mass were assessed from which maturity status was predicted. Multiple backwards linear regressions indicated a significant model (P=.001) which explained 49% of the variance in LESS scores. Locomotor MC (β= -.538, P =.001), object control MC (β=-.261, P=.004) and age (β=1.17, P=.03) significantly contributed to the model. Maturity offset (P=.100) was not significant. ANCOVA (controlling for age and maturity offset) indicated a significant difference in locomotor MC between those classified as poor for LESS. A similar result was observed for object control MC (P=.003, Pη2=.09) where those classed as poor for LESS, had significantly poorer object control MC compared to those classed as excellent, good and moderate. The results of this study indicate that there is a relationship between both locomotor and object control MC and errors in drop jump landing mechanics in boys aged 10-13 years with MC explaining nearly 50% of the variance in LESS scores. Practically, this study indicates that MC, particularly locomotor MC has potential to identify performance in jump landing tests that are associated with increased risk of ACL injury in boys who play grassroots soccer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Volume(In-Press)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 Mar 2024

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