The effect of bio-banding on physical and psychological indicators of talent identification in academy soccer players

Towlson, Christopher, MacMaster, Calum, Gonçalves, Bruno, Sampaio, Jaime, Toner, John, MacFarlane, Niall, Barrett, Steve, Hamilton, Ally, Jack, Rory, Hunter, Frances, Myers, Tony D. and Abt, Grant (2020) The effect of bio-banding on physical and psychological indicators of talent identification in academy soccer players. Science and Medicine in Football, 5 (4). pp. 280-292. ISSN 2473-3938

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The aim of this study was to examine the effect of bio-banding on indicators of talent identification in academy soccer players. Seventy-two 11 to 14-year-old soccer players were bio-banded using percentage of estimated adult stature attainment (week 1), maturity-offset (week 2) or a mixed-maturity method (week 3). Players contested five maturity (mis)matched small-sided games with physical and psychological determinants measured. Data were analysed using a series of Bayesian hierarchical models, fitted with different response distributions and different random and fixed effect structures. Few between-maturity differences existed for physical measures. Pre-peak height velocity (PHV) and post-PHV players differed in PlayerLoadTM (anterior-posterior and medial-lateral) having effect sizes above our criterion value. Estimated adult stature attainment explained more of the variance in eight of the physical variables and showed the greatest individual differences between maturity groups across all psychological variables. Pre-PHV and post-PHV players differed in positive attitude, confidence, competitiveness, total psychological score (effect sizes = 0.43-0.69), and session rating of perceived exertion. The maturity-offset method outperformed the estimated adult stature attainment method in all psychological variables. Maturity-matched bio-banding had limited effect on physical variables across all players while enhancing a number of psychological variables considered key for talent identification in pre-PHV players.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the Author’s Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Science and Medicine in Football on 08/11/2020, available online:
Divisions: Faculty of of Arts, Society and Professional Studies > Department of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Hazel Barham
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2020 19:08
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2021 05:00

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