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Technical Preparedness and Feasibility of Different Levels of Biological Maturity Football Players

Staņislavs Olijars, Mareks Raihs, Rihards Parandjuks
University of Latvia, Latvia

Abstract. In football, as in other sports, there is a tendency for athletes, or accelerators, to mature faster. This is a typical trend, as this type of athlete can run faster, jump further, and perform other activities relatively better than their peers. The authors wanted to emphasize the negative trend related to the Latvian football system. It can be seen that coaches pay too much attention to accelerators, although additional attention should be paid to footballers who mature physiologically later. The study’s authors want to emphasize the problem that needs to be solved, which is relevant in football and other sports. A similar situation can be observed in other sports. Coaches pay too much attention to a quick result without investing additional work in further development, emphasizing athletes who mature physically a little slower.
The authors conducted a study comparing two groups of respondents – accelerators and retardants. Within the framework of the research, two tasks were performed – purposeful work in improving movement skills for 15–16-year-old athletes was emphasized.
Task 2 – to compare the results without and with the ball because the exercise with the ball characterizes the movement skills – the ability to drive the ball, partially reducing the benefits of maturity. The data were obtained from physical tests by combining them with the Microsoft Exel program. In the conclusions, both groups of respondents showed significant progress in technical performance.

Keywords: football, training methods, physiological maturity, ball management, sports coach

In: Human, Technologies and Quality of Education, 2022. Proceedings of Scientific Papers = Cilvēks, tehnoloģijas un izglītības kvalitāte, 2022. Rakstu krājums
Riga, University of Latvia, 2022. 1135 p. Ed. L. Daniela
ISBN 978-9934-18-911-1