fbpx

RAD BLOG

Australian Football – Talent Identification: Movement Assessment

[x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_image type=”none” src=”http://radcentre.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/HM-2.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/x_column][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_image type=”none” src=”http://radcentre.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/13731881_613118782179882_6900720781989748895_o.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/x_column][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_image type=”none” src=”http://radcentre.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/LM-1.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]With the 2016 AFL Draft not too far away, the best young talent in the country is working hard to get the attention of club recruiters in the hope of landing a spot on an AFL list.

I am going to be discussing some factors that impact a players draft ability throughout a couple of blog posts.

What sets one player a part from the next?

Obviously there are many factors that come in to this! As you can see below here are some of the things recruiters are looking at for each athlete:[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_image type=”none” src=”http://radcentre.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Screen-Shot-2016-08-05-at-9.38.09-PM.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]Specifically this article is going to be looking at the Physical/Physiological predictors in talent identification.
The area of the athlete’s development that a Strength and Conditioning Coach can directly impact.

Carl Woods (PhD) is a leading researcher in the area of talent identification and has recently published an article: Discriminating Talent Identified Junior Australian Footballers Using a Funda- mental Gross Athletic Movement Assessment.The article compares Under 18 footballers – 25 ‘talent identified” (state academy athletes) against 25 non-talent identified (state based competition representatives) and attempts to determine if a basic Movement Assessment test can discriminate between the two groups of athletes.
Movements completed were:
* Overhead Squat
* Lunge- right leg
* Lunge – left leg
* Romanian Deadlift (RDL)- right leg
* Romanian Deadlift (RDL) – left leg
* Push up

Each movement was then scored based on the skill execution from 1 to 3. With 3 being perfect.

There were some very interesting findings – with the score obtained on four of the six movement criterions demonstrating between group mean differences in favour of the talent identified players. However the Overhead squat was the one movement that was the best at splitting the difference between the two groups.

Why are these movements important?

Being competent in the movements lays a solid foundation for the athlete to develop on. Enabling them to get in to the required positions during the game and also enabling more advanced strength work in the gym.
Overhead squat – working on bilateral pelvic stability, thoracic extension, ankle dorsi flexion and lower body strength.
Lunge – controlling the movement unilaterally, glute strength to prevent the hip from dropping and the knee falling in – anterior chain focus.
S/L RDL – posterior chain focus- being able to maintain unilateral stability through the hip/knee/ankle.
Push up – the most basic upper body push exercise. Needs to be mastered before we considering to load the movement.

What do the results from this study mean?

* Coaches working with junior aussie rules athletes should now understand the importance of movement competence and the benefits it can have for the athlete, both in the gym and on the field.

* Maybe some form of Movement Assessment should be used more often in talent identification.

* It was also noted in the article that the results in this study were consider ‘poor’ when compared to that of senior AFL players. Really highlighting the importance of competent movers!

* Across all of the tests the one exercise that scored the lowest was the single leg RDL – a crucial exercise to master, to help strengthen the posterior chain, and improve control through the hips.

[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_image type=”none” src=”http://radcentre.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/JB-1.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/x_column][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_image type=”none” src=”http://radcentre.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/RM-1.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]If you are interested in reading the full article – http://www.jssm.org/gecjssm-15-548.xml.xml

Woods, C., Banyard, H., McKeown, I., Fransen, J., & Robertson, S. (2016). Discriminating Talent Identified Junior Australian Footballers Using a Fundamental Gross Athletic Movement Assessment. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine , 15, 548-553.

[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section]

Recovery 1%er’s

In a previous post about recovery (Recovery Essentials), we spoke about the importance of recovery after competition/training, and the fundamentals of recovery. Recovery is a

Read More »
CONTACT
thumbnail_RAD_logo_1
Phone: 0428 109 400
Email: info@radcentre.com.au
5/209 Gillies Street North Wendouree 3355
thumbnail_RAD_logo_1
Copyright 2020. Rad Centre. All rights reserved.