Μιχαήλ Μητροτάσιος, Λέκτορας, ΣΕΦΑΑ, ΕΚΠΑ.
The purpose of this study is to record and analyze data on anthropometric characteristics and variables of aerobic capacity of elite youth football players (U19), as well as their comparison based on the position. For this purpose, after an ergometric test, data were collected and analyzed from elite youth football players (U19) (n = 117) 19 years of age, with height 178.70 ± 7.09 cm and weight 72.48 ± 6.48 kg. The variables analyzed were height, weight and body fat percentage for anthropometric characteristics, while aerobic capacity variables were maximal oxygen uptake, velocity at maximal oxygen uptake, maximal heart rate, velocity at anaerobic threshold and heart rate at the anaerobic threshold. For each of these variables a comparison was made based on the playing position (goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders, attackers). Statistical data processing was based on analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Pearson correlation testing. The results did not show statistically significant differences in the variable of body fat percentage (p>.10), in contrast to the other variables where the differences were statistically significant (p<.001). From this research we can conclude that anthropometric characteristics are data that vary depending on the playing position, while regarding the aerobic capacity variables are drawn conclusions about the requirements of the playing field and the specifications that young players need to have.
Ergometrics, Aerobic capacity, Elite youth U19, Football.