HALF SEASON CHANGES IN PHYSICAL FITNESS FOR THE HIGH LEVEL HANDBALL PLAYERS

Drazen Cular

To examine the characteristics and changes in physical fitness (PF) during the half-season period in advanced male handball players (MHP). 32 MHP (National 1st division players) served as the subjects. Herein we observed six morphological (M), two cardiovascular–endurance and six motor-status variables at the beginning (I), at the end of the half-season period (II), and at the end of the competition half-season (III). The differences between I, II and III were analyzed by an analysis of the variance (ANOVA). ANOVA showed significant I-to-II increases (p<0.05) in: cardiovascular endurance, agility and explosive-strength, while most of the measured variables remained unchanged from II-to-III. The pre-competition period led to significant improvements in most of the observed motor and endurance variables, regardless of high fitness level of the subjects. Meanwhile, no significant changes were found in M status supporting the considerations that substantial M changes are usually unexpected in mature, well-trained athletes.

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