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The Petrucci Ability Test published in the international journal MJSSM

After almost 10 years of studies and field applications, a scientific method for assessing the agility of young players, tested in Palermo, is about to become a new international standard. This is the Petrucci Ability Test (PAT), the study method developed by the rosanero athletic trainer Marco Petrucci, which the international journal of science and sports medicine Montenegrin Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (MJSSM) has published for the benefit of all world scientific community, raising the bar of all sector studies currently used globally on motor and sport agility.

In particular, Professor Petrucci, together with a group of researchers from the University of Palermo, was able to validate a scientific test to evaluate the motor skills and coordination skills of young people, and thus more easily identify the level of agility. and some particular skills: above all the speed in short spaces and the ability to advance the opponent, but first of all the awareness, the ability to quickly read the game situation, imagine the movement, and take an action.

In the research project, various tests were administered on a large sample of adolescents aged between 10 and 13 years. In over 10 years of studying and gathering information, compared with national statistics, Petrucci has customized standard tests to increase the level of accuracy in football: a personalized and standardized path with several sprints in various directions and other specific movements according to a well precise and innovative. Thanks to this method, Petrucci was thus able to identify a cohort of young players, trained over the years, who then proved to be equally good in standing long jump and sprinting. The research therefore makes it possible to predict the performance of other tests (strength and speed), identify the most promising young people with the best skills and map their development through constant monitoring.

“The assessment of the physical fitness of young players is important to monitor physical performance, to plan the training and for the training of the player,” said Marco Petrucci. “For me and my collaborators, it is a great source of pride to think that thousands of kilometers from Palermo, our colleagues in China or Brazil can apply our test in schools and playing fields, thus helping to improve the world in general. of football and above all to value the youngest, who remains the greatest resource of any sports club in perspective “.

“The PAT is a further sign of the openness of the University of Palermo towards the society that surrounds it,” said Professor Antonio Bianco of the University of Palermo, who took part in the project. “But it is also an eloquent starting point for considering the collaboration of the best energies in the area as the real added value of an integrated community. We have shown that Palermo can and must be a technical-scientific reference with an eye towards the world. We are there and we are serious. This is proof that we must all continue to work together, optimizing the resources we have and guaranteeing those we need ”.

Read here the Palermo Official note.

The evaluation of soccer players’ physical fitness from youth onward is important for monitoring performance and planning training. While health-related factors present valid and reliable tests, the skill-related component should be studied in depth. An interesting test to evaluate the skill-related factors is the Harre circuit test (HTC); unfortunately, this test includes the somersault, an element not present in soccer.

Read the Official full article from the MJSSM official website

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