A comparative study between talented young Greek and German handball players in some physical and anthropometric characteristics

This international comparative study between talented young handball players in Germany and Greece investigated specific physical and anthropometric characteristics. This investigation of both elite profiles will allow us to determine the differences in the selection system for elite young handball players between the two countries. One hundred and sixty-two players participated in this study, 88 Greek young male players and 74 German young male players. For anthropometric tests the players were measured for body height, body mass and body mass index, arm span, hand length and hand spread. Physical fitness measurements were 30 m sprint, standing long jump, sit and reach flexibility, and 20 m shuttle run test. The results of this study demonstrate that Greek players were taller and heavier (p<0.01), had longer arm span and hand length (p<0.01), and performed better in 30 m sprint (p<0.01), standing long jump (p<0.01) and aerobic capacity (p<0.01). German players outperform in hand spread (p=0.03). While some of these differences can be explained by the different strategies and training methods, and also the training environment, the results do have important implications and effects in the physical condition of junior players.
© Copyright 2011 Biology of Sport. Termedia Publishing House. Published by Institute of Sport Warsaw. All rights reserved.

Subjects: anthropometry handball Greece Germany junior elite sport juniors male performance strength body indices flexibility physical conditioning ability test
Notations: biological and medical sciences sport games
DOI: 10.5604/965488
Published in: Biology of Sport
Published: Warsaw Institute of Sport Warsaw 2011
Volume: 28
Issue: 4
Pages: 245-248
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced