POSITION SPECIFIC MORPHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF ELITE CADET FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYERS

Marijana Čavala

With the aim of determining the common morphological features of cadet female handball players and of analyzing their specificities i.e. the probable variation between the four playing positions (back court players, wings, pivots, goalkeepers), 17 anthropometric measures were applied to the sample of 70 players. The basic descriptive parameters were calculated and then an analysis of variance and a discrimination analysis were performed. When observing the differences in morphological characteristics based on playing positions, it is obvious that pivots, outer players and goalkeepers, unlike wing players, are dominantly and markedly dimensioned in skeleton measurements. The obtained position-related differences in morphological characteristics of players suggest that the experienced players from the sample were earlier successfully subjected to the selection process and oriented to a particular playing position. Therefore, in top-quality team-handball it would be recommendable to select players whose morphological profiles are as compatible as possible with positional specificities in the demand for the game.

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