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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2006 June;46(2):271-80

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Anthropometric, body composition and somatotype differences of Greek elite female basketball, volleyball and handball players

Bayios I. A. 1, Bergeles N. K. 1, Apostolidis N. G. 1, Noutsos K. S. 1, Koskolou M. D. 2

1 Department of Games and Sports Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science University of Athens, Athens, Greece 2 Department of Sport Medicine and Biology of Exercise Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science University of Athens, Athens, Greece


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Aim. The aims of the present study were: a) to determine the anthropometric profile, body composition and somatotype of elite Greek female basketball (B), volleyball (V) and handball (H) players, b) to compare the mean scores among sports and c) to detect possible differences in relation to competition level.
Methods. A total of 518 female athletes, all members of the Greek first National League (A1 and A2 division) in B, V and H sport teams participated in the present study. Twelve anthropometric measures required for the calculation of body composition indexes and somatotype components were obtained according to the established literature.
Results. V athletes were the tallest (P<0.001) among the three groups of athletes, had the lowest values of body fat (P<0.001) and their somatotype was characterized as balanced endomorph (3.4-2.7-2.9). B athletes were taller (P<0.01) and leaner (P<0.001) than H players, with a somatotype characterized as mesomorph-endomorph (3.7-3.2-2.4). H athletes were the shortest of all (P<0.01), had the highest percentage of body fat (P<0.001) and their somatotype was mesomorph-endomorph (4.2-4.7-1.8). In comparison with their A2 counterparts the A1 division players were taller (P<0.001) and heavier (P<0.01), but at the same time leaner (P<0.001), and exhibited higher homogeneity in somatotype characteristics (P<0.05).
Conclusion. Anthropometric, body composition and somatotype variables of Greek female elite teamball players varied among sports; selection criteria, hours of training and sport-specific physiological demands during the game could explain the observed differences. More data are certainly needed to define the anthropometric profile of B, V and H female athletes internationally

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