Ovidius University Annals, Series Physical Education and Sport/Science, Movement and Health, vol.14, no.2, pp.543-547, 2014 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)
The aim of this study was to examine sprint, repeated sprint and jumping parameters of handball players at
Methods. The study included 16 male senior handball players aged 22.6±3.8 and 13 male junior handball
players aged 16.1±0.8. Age, height, body weight, 20m sprint test, repeated sprint test and counter movement jump
(CMJ) test data were obtained. Sigma Plot 12.0 (Systat Software Inc.) software was used for data analysis.
Results. One-Way Anova Repeated Measures of Variance and non-parametric Holm Sidak test were used
for intragroup comparison of senior and junior male handball players. Mann Whitney U test was used for intergroup
comparisons. Jumping parameters of senior athletes were evaluated.
CMJ after repeated sprint (43.0±4.8 cm), and 20 m sprint test (46.9±4.2 cm) of senior athletes were found to
be significantly lower than CMJ values after warm up (45.8±6.0 cm) (p<0.05). There was a significant difference
between CMJ of junior handball players after 20 m sprint (49.5±3.9 cm) and repeated sprint test (46.2±3.8 cm).
Comparison of jumping heights of the subjects between the groups showed no statistically significant difference. It
was found that the last two performances of both groups (Senior: 5.41±0.25, 5.42±0.24 sec and junior; 5.43±0.17,
5.56±0.20 sec), were significantly higher than their first sprint performances (Senior: 5.63±0.16, 5.60±0.20 sec and
junior; 5.66±0.29, 5.65±0.29 sec) after repeated sprint.
Conclusion. Sprint and jumping are known to be important for handball game. However, experience and
game tactics should support combination of these important abilities with repeated sprint and jumping performance
during the game.