Physical performance and positional differences among young female volleyball players

Paz, Gabriel A. , Gabbett, Tim J. , Maia, Marianna F. , Santana, Haroldo , , Miranda, Humberto and Lima, Vicente (2017) Physical performance and positional differences among young female volleyball players. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 57 10: 1282-1289. doi:10.23736/S0022-4707.16.06471-9


Author Paz, Gabriel A.
Gabbett, Tim J.
Maia, Marianna F.
Santana, Haroldo ,
Miranda, Humberto
Lima, Vicente
Title Physical performance and positional differences among young female volleyball players
Journal name The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1827-1928
0022-4707
Publication date 2017-10-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.23736/S0022-4707.16.06471-9
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 57
Issue 10
Start page 1282
End page 1289
Total pages 8
Place of publication Turin, Italy
Publisher Edizioni Minerva Medica
Language eng
Subject 2732 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the association among anthropometric, physical performance parameters, and dynamic postural control attributes of young female volleyball athletes, and to determine if differences exist in these attributes according to playing position.

Forty-three young female volleyball players participated in this study. Players were divided by position into hitters (N.=17), middle blockers (N.=8), setters (N.=10), and liberos (N.=8). Stature, body mass, vertical jump (VJ), peak power, horizontal jump (HJ), sit-and-reach (SRT), star excursion balance (SEBT), and agility (e.g. shuttle run and Illinois agility test) tests were assessed on non-consecutive days in randomized order.

No difference was found between groups for SRT, peak power, VJ, and HJ (P≤0.05). Middle blockers and hitters were taller than setters (P≤0.05). Middle blockers were also taller than liberos (P=0.017). Significant differences were observed among groups for agility tests, with hitters significantly faster than setters (P=0.023) and middle blockers (P=0.037). In addition, liberos were significantly faster than setters (P=0.032) and middle blockers (P=0.046), during the Illinois agility test. No difference was observed between groups for reach distance scores in the SEBT.

These results demonstrate important positional differences in agility measures of young female volleyball players. Coaches can use this information to determine the type of physical profile that is needed for specific positions and to design training programs to maximize strength, power, and neuromuscular development of young female volleyball athletes.
Keyword Athletes
Athletic performance
Posture
Volleyball
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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