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High-Performance Handball Player’s Time-Motion Analysis by Playing Positions

Faculty of Education, University of Alicante, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain
Faculty of Education, University of Vigo, 36905 Pontevedra, Spain
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Alcalá, 28871 Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Castilla La Mancha, 45071 Toledo, Spain
Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, University of Cartagena, 30203 Cartagena, Spain
Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Granada, 18011 Granada, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6768;
Received: 31 July 2020 / Revised: 10 September 2020 / Accepted: 13 September 2020 / Published: 17 September 2020
The purpose of this study was to analyze the on-court demands of handball players during the European Handball Federation Champions League Final Four (VELUX EHF FINAL4) 2019 to define time–motion characteristics (played time; covered distances) both in offense and defense. Furthermore; we aimed to define position-specific demands and differences among them. Forty players from three teams were analyzed during the tournament using a local positioning system (LPS) for the first time in top handball. Players covered similar distances both in offense (1388.28 ± 2627.08 m), and in defense (1305.47 ± 5059.64 m) and remained on court for a similar average time (15.69 ± 8.02 min and 15.40 ± 8.94 min respectively). When locomotion activities were normalized according to the time they spent on court; significant differences were found for defense compared to offense in walking (+20%; p < 0.000; Cohen’s effect size (ES) = 1.01) and jogging (−29.6%; p = 0.000; ES = 0.90), as well as a tendency for high-intensity running (+ 25.2%; p = 0.077; ES = 0.31). Per playing position; center and left back (CB = 94.86 ± 10.98 m·min−1; LB = 96.55 ± 24.65 m·min−1) showed the highest running pace in offense and mid-left; front center defender and outside right for the defense (ML = 90.38 ± 30.16 m·min−1; FCD = 87.04 ± 14.94 m·min−1; OR = 89.64 ± 34.93 m·min−1). In conclusion; profile differences existed among players’ position activity; both in offense and defense; which should be taken into account when designing specific physical training programs View Full-Text
Keywords: running pace; running distance; competition load; LPS running pace; running distance; competition load; LPS
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Manchado, C.; Tortosa Martínez, J.; Pueo, B.; Cortell Tormo, J.M.; Vila, H.; Ferragut, C.; Sánchez Sánchez, F.; Busquier, S.; Amat, S.; Chirosa Ríos, L.J. High-Performance Handball Player’s Time-Motion Analysis by Playing Positions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6768.

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