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Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, EMBASE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Online ISSN 1827-1812
Gouthon P. 1, Nouatin B. K. 1, Messan F. 1, Adido C. 1, Tonon B. A. 1, Falola J. M. 2, Bio Nigan I. 1
1 Laboratory PSA and Motricity, National Institute of Youth, Physical Education and Sport (INJEPS), University of Abomey‑Calavi, Porto‑Novo, Republic of Benin;
2 Laboratory of Biomechanics and Performance (LABIOP), National Institute of Youth, Physical Education and Sport (INJEPS), University of Abomey‑Calavi, Porto‑Novo, Republic of Benin
AIM: This cross-sectional study aims at identifying, by age groups, the factors which contribute most to the prediction of repeated sprint ability (RSA) among handball players in Porto-Novo, Benin.
METHODS: The study was carried out with 208 players aged 10 to 25, who practise handball at school and/or in civil clubs. Total running time (Tt) and fatigue index (FI) at the RSA test were the dependent variables. Gender, seniority in handball practice, performance at the squat jump, 30-15 IFT, motor coordination test of Illinois, sprint on 30 m tests were the independent or predictive variables.
RESULTS: In minim players, the performance at the Illinois test was the first predictive variable of Tt (r2=0.42; P=0.002). In the cadet, junior and senior categories, the performance at sprint on 30 m presented the highest r2 of 0.60, 0.45 and 0.40 (P<0.0001).
CONCLUSION: From the two performance criteria of the used RSA test, Tt varied most according to age group and was more associated with other studied variables. Moreover, the factors which contributed more to the prediction of RSA in the Porto-Novo minim handball players (10-12 years) differed from those identified for older groups.