Physiological Performance Characteristics of Danish National Team Handball Players 1990-2016: Implications on Position-Specific Strength and Conditioning Training

Bidragets oversatte titel: Fysiologiske præstationsparametre af Danske Håndboldspillere 1990-2016: Implikationer på positions-specifik styrke og konditionstræning

Pelle Bøgild, Kurt Jensen, Thue Kvorning

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Bøgild, P, Jensen, K, and Kvorning, T. Physiological performance characteristics of Danish National Team Handball players
1990–2016: implications on position-specific strength and conditioning training. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000–000, 2019—The
aims of this study were: (a) to examine the anthropometric and physiological performance characteristics in male and female
national team handball (TH) players before and after 2000; and (b) to compare anthropometry and physiological performance
characteristics between court playing positions in male and female national TH players. Using a federal database containing
physiological test data from 1990 to 2016 of more than 800 national A and U (under 21 years) TH players, data from 175 men and
138 women were extracted by their first appearance for pre- or post-2000 and sorted by playing positions. The level of significance
was set at p , 0.05. Pre- vs. post-2000 male A showed no differences, whereas differences were found in male U, female A, and
female U. General position-specific differences for both sexes were wings being lowest, lightest, and having lowest fat-free mass
(FFM), pivots having higher body mass and FFM than back-court players, and higher %BF than wings. Back-court players and
wings had higher jump and reach (JR) than pivots, and wings were faster on 30 m than pivots. Based on these findings, no general
differences seem to exist before and after the year 2000 in the observed physiological parameters. The primary differences between
playing positions were anthropometric, whereas the physiological performance characteristics, in general, did not differ between
playing positions, except for the pivots’ lower JR and the wings’ faster 30 m, indicating that earlier documented differences in oncourt
work demands had not, in general, impacted the players’ physiological performance characteristics.
TidsskriftJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 27. nov. 2019



  • male and female
  • team sports
  • physiological capacity
  • anthropometry