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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2017 Jun 21

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07373-X

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Relationship between the handball-specific complex-test, nonspecific field tests and the match performance score in elite professional handball players

Souhail HERMASSI 1 , Mohamed S. CHELLY 1, Rainer WOLLNY 2, Birgit HOFFMEYER 3, Georg FIESELER 4, Stephan SCHULZE 5, Lars IRLENBUSCH 5, Karl-Stefan DELANK 5, Roy J. SHEPHARD 6, Thomas BARTELS 7, René SCHWESIG 5

1 Research Unit “Sport Performance, Health & Society”, Higher Institute of Sport and Physical Education, Ksar Saîd, University of "La Manouba," Tunis, Tunisia; 2 Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Institut für Sportwissenschaft Halle (Saale), Halle, Germany; 3 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany; 4 Division for Shoulder Surgery and Sports Medicine, Helios Clinic Warburg, Warburg, Germany; 5 Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Wittenberg, Germany; 6 Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; 7 Sports Clinic Halle, Center of Joint Surgery, Halle (Saale), Halle, Germany


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BACKGROUND: This study assessed the validity of the handball-specific complex-test (HBCT) and two nonspecific field tests in professional elite handball athletes, using the match performance score (MPS) as the gold standard of performance.
METHODS: Thirteen elite male handball players (age: 27.4 ± 4.8 years; premier German league) performed the HBCT, the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test (Yo-Yo-IR1-test) and a repeated shuttle sprint ability (RSA) test at the beginning of pre-season training. The RSA results were evaluated in terms of best time (RSAbest), total time (RSATT) and fatigue decrement (RSAdec). Heart rates (HR) were assessed at selected times throughout all tests; the recovery HR was measured immediately post test (R0) and 10 minutes later (R10). The match performance score was based on various handball specific parameters (e.g., field goals, assists, steals, blocks, and technical mistakes) as seen during all matches of the immediately subsequent season (2015/2016).
RESULTS: The parameters of run 1, run 2, and HR recovery at minutes 6 and 10 of the RSA test all showed a variance of more than 10% (range: 11-15%). However, the variance of scores for the Yo-Yo-IR1-test was much smaller (range: 1 - 7%). The resting HR (r2=0.18), HR recovery at minute 10 (r2=0.10), lactate concentration at rest (r2=0.17), recovery of heart rate from 0 to 10 minutes (r2=0.15), and velocity of second throw at first trial (r2=0.37) were the most valid HBCT parameters.
CONCLUSIONS: Much effort is necessary to assess MPS and to develop valid tests. Speed and the rate of functional recovery seem the best predictors of competitive performance for elite handball players.


KEY WORDS: Test performance - Match performance - RSA test - Yo-Yo-IR1-test - HBCT

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Hermassi S, Chelly MS, Wollny R, Hoffmeyer B, Fieseler G, Schulze S, et al. Relationship between the handball-specific complex-test, nonspecific field tests and the match performance score in elite professional handball players. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2017 Jun 21. DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07373-X

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hermassi_fr@yahoo.fr