Physiological characteristics of high-ability prepubescent wrestlers

Stanley P. Sady, Wade H. Thomson, Kris Berg, Mark Savage

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The present study compared the physiological responses to exercise, the anaerobic fitness, and the body composition of high-ability prepubescent wrestlers and normally active boys. The wrestlers (N = 15, mean age ± S.D. =11.3 ± 0.30 yr) were recruited to participate in a summer wrestling camp. Their wrestling experience averaged 3.0 ± 1.63 yr, during boys (N = 13, 10.7 ± 0.36 yr) were volunteers from a local Boy’s Club. Each subject performed a graded treadmill exercise test (Bruce protocol) and an anaerobic cycle ergometer test. Additionally, body composition was assessed using densitometry and skinfolds. There were no differences (> 0.05) between the wrestlers and the comparison subjects for age or height. The wrestlers exercised for 1.5 min longer on the treadmill and obtained a higher VO2max(54.0 ± 1.15 ml·-min-1·kg-1;< 0.05) than the comparison subjects (45.6 ± 2.10 ml·min-1·kg-1). Also, the wrestlers had higher anaerobic test scores, greater body densities, and lower subcutaneous fat totals at all sites than the normally activeboys. These data indicate that the favorable fitness and body compositions scores found previously for more mature wrestlers are already present in prepubescent wrestlers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-76
Number of pages5
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


  • Aerobic power
  • Anaerobic fitness
  • Body composition
  • Children
  • Prepubescent
  • Wrestlers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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