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Wednesday, 4 December, 2002, 11:36 GMT
Young footballers in pioneering study
Young footballers training
It is hoped the research will help prevent injuries
Hundreds of young footballers in Crewe are taking part in research into the effects on their bodies of training for, and playing, soccer.

Crewe Alexandra's academy is one of several across England whose youngsters will undergo a range of tests over three years to assess their biological development.

Experts from the Football Association (FA) will monitor the boys' muscle growth and bone width in an effort to predict their final body size.

They will also keep a log of aches and strains in an attempt to establish links between age and injuries.

The research, thought to be the first of its kind in English football, will cost the FA 300,000.

It is being carried out at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall, close to the Shropshire-Staffordshire border.

Crewe's youth academy already has a national reputation, helping to develop several Premiership footballers, including England players Seth Johnson of Leeds United and Danny Murphy of Liverpool.


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