The Effect of a Combined High-Intensity Plyometric and Speed Training Program on the Running and Jumping Ability of Male Handball Players


Monsef Cherif 1 , * , Mohamed Said 2 , Sana Chaatani 1 , Olfa Nejlaoui 3 , Daghbaji Gomri 3 , Aouidet Abdallah 1

1 Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte, Tunisia

2 EL-Kef University of Physical Education, Tunisia

3 Ksar-Said University of Physical Education, Tunisia

How to Cite: Cherif M, Said M, Chaatani S, Nejlaoui O, Gomri D, et al. The Effect of a Combined High-Intensity Plyometric and Speed Training Program on the Running and Jumping Ability of Male Handball Players, Asian J Sports Med. Online ahead of Print ; 3(1):34721. doi: 10.5812/asjsm.34721.


Asian Journal of Sports Medicine: 3 (1); 21-28
Published Online: February 29, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: May 7, 2011
Accepted: August 4, 2011


Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a combined program including sprint repetitions and drop jump training in the same session on male handball players.

Methods: Twenty-two male handball players aged more than 20 years were assigned into 2 groups: experimental group (n=11) and control group (n=11). Selection was based on variables axis and lines, goalkeepers were not included. The experimental group was subjected to 2 testing periods (test and retest) separated by 12 weeks of an additional combined plyometric and running speed training program. The control group performed the usual handball training. The testing period comprised, at the first day, a medical checking, anthropometric measurements and an incremental exercise test called yo-yo intermittent recovery test. 2 days later, participants performed the Repeated Sprint Ability test (RSA), and performed the Jumping Performance using 3 different events: Squat jump (SJ), Countermovement jump without (CMJ) and with arms (CMJA), and Drop jump (DJ). At the end of the training period, participants performed again the repeated sprint ability test, and the jumping performance.

Results: The conventional combined program improved the explosive force ability of handball players in CMJ (P=0.01), CMJA (P=0.01) and DJR (P=0.03). The change was 2.78, 2.42 and 2.62% respectively. No significant changes were noted in performances of the experimental group at the squat jump test and the drop jump with the left leg test. The training intervention also improved the running speed ability of the experimental group (P=0.003). No statistical differences were observed between lines or axes.

Conclusion: Additional combined training program between sprint repetition and vertical jump in the same training session positively influence the jumping ability and the sprint ability of handball players.

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