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Agility Tests: Discriminates Soccer Player Agility and Performance

Agility—the ability to rapidly and tactically change speed or direction—is an important factor in soccer performance. A new study reports that two new agility tests can successfully discriminate between youth soccer players at under-17 and under-19, with the older players showing enhanced agility.

In contrast, other characteristics thought to be associated with agility, such as body dimensions and sprinting abilities, were not significantly different between the two age groups. Published in open-access journal Frontiers in Physiology, the study suggests that specific agility training could pay dividends in enhanced youth soccer player agility and performance.

Sea Lamprey Genes Present In Humans: A Study

Recent research done by scientists have proved that Lampreys, an eel-like fish have been found to share a common ancestor with humans. Many genes involved in the repair of the injured spinal cord of the lamprey were also active in mammals.