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Anthropometric Characteristics and Vertical Jump Abilities by Player Position and Performance Level of Junior Female Volleyball Players

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Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
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Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Unit, University of Palermo, 90144 Palermo, Italy
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Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of Banja Luka, 78000 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(16), 8377; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168377
Received: 22 June 2021 / Revised: 25 July 2021 / Accepted: 6 August 2021 / Published: 7 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness)
Although absolute jump heights should be considered an important factor in judging the performance requirements of volleyball players, limited data is available on age-appropriate categories. The purpose of this study is to determine the differences in specific anthropometric characteristics and jumping performance variables in under−19 female volleyball players in relation to playing position and performance level. The sample of subjects consisted of 354 players who prepared for the U19 Women’s Volleyball European Championship 2020 (17.4 ± 0.8 years, 1.81 ± 0.07 m, 67.5 ± 7.1 kg). Playing positions analyzed were setters (n = 55), opposites (n = 37), middle blockers (n = 82), outside hitters (n = 137), and liberos (n = 43). The results showed player position differences in every performance level group in variables of body height, spike, and block jump. Observed differences are a consequence of highly specific tasks of different positions in the composition of the team. Players of different performance levels are significantly different, with athletes of higher-ranked teams achieving better results. The acquired data could be useful for the selection and profiling of young volleyball players. View Full-Text
Keywords: spike jump; block jump; critical threshold; specialization spike jump; block jump; critical threshold; specialization
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Pocek, S.; Milosevic, Z.; Lakicevic, N.; Pantelic-Babic, K.; Imbronjev, M.; Thomas, E.; Bianco, A.; Drid, P. Anthropometric Characteristics and Vertical Jump Abilities by Player Position and Performance Level of Junior Female Volleyball Players. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8377. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168377

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Pocek S, Milosevic Z, Lakicevic N, Pantelic-Babic K, Imbronjev M, Thomas E, Bianco A, Drid P. Anthropometric Characteristics and Vertical Jump Abilities by Player Position and Performance Level of Junior Female Volleyball Players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(16):8377. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168377

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Pocek, Suncica, Zoran Milosevic, Nemanja Lakicevic, Kristina Pantelic-Babic, Milka Imbronjev, Ewan Thomas, Antonino Bianco, and Patrik Drid. 2021. "Anthropometric Characteristics and Vertical Jump Abilities by Player Position and Performance Level of Junior Female Volleyball Players" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 16: 8377. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168377

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