Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2018)
Modification and evaluation of specific functional fitness test for young elite football players
Author(s): Dr. Amarjit Kaur
Abstract: The present study has been conducted on 38 football player (20 university level player, who were considered as elite players and eighteen school level player who were consider as non elite players) were selected to be subjects in this study. University player who are regarded as top level players who have at least five or above years on playing soccer, some of them are Panjab University, Chandigarh team members. The elite subjects aged 19 to 24 Years. The school level players who are regarded as intermediate level player or non elite players were aged between 16 to 19 years. All the subjects were made to perform the specific function test developed by Zelenka et al (1964) and also the modified specific fitness test. The construct validity of the modified specific fitness test. The construct validity of the modified test was assessed by two distinct groups, that is one University level soccer players and the other school level players, as it was expected that the group consisted of University level players will posses a higher score in the test and the other a lower score while the concurrent validity was assessed by analyzing the relationship between Zelenka’s specific function test and Modified specific fitness test. The reliability of the modified test was assessed by measuring the consistency or repeatability of the modified test. All the subjects were administered both the tests and the modified test on two occasions, with 15 days gap between the days of testing. The analysis of the results indicate that modified specific functional fitness test has a high construct validity and concurrent validity. It can be safely concluded that the modified specific functional fitness test is valid for examining the performance of University level football players and it is also a reliable test for measuring the physical and technical performance of the University level football players.