Is quality of movement a factor that affects reaching the professional level in elite young football players?
Engin Dinç1, Serdar Arslan2, Muhammed Zeki Gültekin3
1Public Health Services Department, State Directorate of Health, Konya, Türkiye
2Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Nezahat Keleşoğlu Health Science, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Türkiye
3Orthopaedics and Traumatology Clinic, Konya City Hospital, , Konya, Türkiye
Keywords: Exercise, football, movement, sport
Objective: The aim of the study was to examine whether the proportion of young elite football players with high functional movement screening (FMS) scores and reaching professionalism differs from the proportion of young elite football players with low FMS scores and non-professionals.
Materials and Methods: Fifty-seven players were included in the study. The health files of the participants were retrospectively scanned. Physical information and FMS scores were recorded in the data form. The level of football career of the participants as of March 2022 was assessed on the website of the Turkish Football Federation. FMS scores were compared by dividing the participants into two groups as those with- and without professional football license.
Results: The proportion of participants with a score above the FMS cut-off score and reaching the professional level was higher than the rate of non-professional participants with a score above the FMS cut-off score (p˂0.05).
Conclusion: The quality of movement in young elite football players may be a determinant for being a professional football player. For this reason, starting from an early age, measuring the quality of movement regularly and trying to improve it may be important in realizing the career goals of elite young football players.
Cite this article as: Dinc E, Arslan S, Gultekin MZ. Is quality of movement a factor that affects reaching the professional level in elite young football players?. Turk J Sports Med. 2023 Feb 12th; https://doi.org/10.47447/tjsm.0721
This study was approved by the Necmettin Erbakan University Faculty of Medicine Scientific Research Ethics Committee (approval number 20-173, date: 02.03.2022).
Concept: ED, MZG; Design: SA, MZG; Supervision: SA, ED; Materials: ED; Data Collection and Processing: ED, MZG; Analysis and Interpretation: SA; Literature Review: SA; Writing Manuscript: ED, SA, MZG; Critical Reviews: ED, SA, MZG
The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to authorship and/or publication of the article.
The authors received no financial support for the research and/or publication of this article.