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Determinants of Reactive Agility in Tests with Different Demands on Sensory and Motor Components in Handball Players

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Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Comenius University, 81469 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Sports Technology Institute, Slovak University of Technology, 81219 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(14), 6531; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11146531
Received: 29 May 2021 / Revised: 25 June 2021 / Accepted: 13 July 2021 / Published: 15 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomechanical and Physiological Performance in Sports)
This study investigates the relationship between reactive agility and reaction speed, sprint speed, and muscle strength and their contribution to Y-shaped agility test and reactive agility test (RAT) performance in handball players. Seven handball players performed a Y-shaped agility test and RAT, simple and choice-based reaction time test, reaction test to fast and slow generated visual stimuli, 5 m and 20 m sprint tests, a 505 Agility test, a squat jump, a countermovement jump, and a drop jump. The results reveal a significant relationship between the times for the Y-shaped agility test and the 20 m sprint (r = 0.777, p = 0.040, R = 0.604), as well as the time for the 505 Agility test (r = 0.770, p = 0.043, R2 = 0.593), and RSI (r = −0.755, p = 0.050, R2 = 0.570); however, no relationship was found with parameters pertaining to reaction speed. RAT performance did not significantly correlate with RSI, time in the 505 Agility test, squat jump height, time in the 20 m sprint, and reaction time to fast generated visual stimuli, although large effect sizes were found (r > 0.5). It seems that the contribution of sensory and motor components depends on the structure of the agility test. While the Y-shaped agility test is mainly determined by sprinting, the change of direction speed, and reactive strength, there is the tendency for the reactive agility test to be determined by strength, speed, and visual reaction time. View Full-Text
Keywords: explosive strength; change of direction speed; reaction speed; reactive agility test; reactive strength; sprint speed; Y-shaped agility test explosive strength; change of direction speed; reaction speed; reactive agility test; reactive strength; sprint speed; Y-shaped agility test
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Horníková, H.; Jeleň, M.; Zemková, E. Determinants of Reactive Agility in Tests with Different Demands on Sensory and Motor Components in Handball Players. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 6531. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11146531

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Horníková H, Jeleň M, Zemková E. Determinants of Reactive Agility in Tests with Different Demands on Sensory and Motor Components in Handball Players. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(14):6531. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11146531

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Horníková, Henrieta, Michal Jeleň, and Erika Zemková. 2021. "Determinants of Reactive Agility in Tests with Different Demands on Sensory and Motor Components in Handball Players" Applied Sciences 11, no. 14: 6531. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11146531

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