Anthropometric and Physical Fitness Profiles of World-Class Male Padel Players
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AuthorSánchez Muñoz, Cristóbal; Muros Molina, José Joaquín; Cañas, Jerónimo; Courel-Ibáñez, Javier; Sánchez-Álcaraz Martínez, Bernardino Javier; Zabala Díaz, Mikel
Body compositionSomatotypeAnthropometryPhysical fitnessPadel
Sánchez-Muñoz, C., Muros, J. J., Cañas, J., Courel-Ibáñez, J., Sánchez-Alcaraz, B. J., & Zabala, M. (2020). Anthropometric and Physical Fitness Profiles of World-Class Male Padel Players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(2), 508.
The aims of this study were to describe and compare the anthropometric and physical fitness attributes of male padel players according to their competitive level, and to establish a functional anthropometric and physical profile. A total of 60 males participated in the present study. Athletes were grouped according to competition level, forming an elite group (n = 25) and a subelite group (n = 35). Anthropometric variables, hand grip and lumbar isometric strength, flexibility, and lower-body muscular strength were measured. Elite padel players were significantly older and showed significantly lower values for the thigh and calf skinfolds, the sum of six and eight skinfolds, and the sum of lower-limb skinfolds than the subelite group. Elite padel players also had significantly lower values than subelite players for body fat percentage and thigh fat area, whilst showing significantly higher values for lumbar isometric strength. Somatotype of the elite padel players could be defined as endo-mesomorphic. Results suggest that training and talent identification of padel players should focus on their anthropometric characteristics and physical fitness, with these being different between elite and subelite athletes. Normative data could help coaches throughout the talent identification process and in the design of training programs when seeking to optimise sports performance.