Influence of Morphological Characteristics on Physical and Physiological Performances of Tunisian Elite Male Handball Players


Cherif Moncef 1 , * , Mohamed Said 2 , Najlaoui Olfa 2 , Gomri Dagbaji 2

1 Institute of Sports And Physical Education of Ksar Said, Tunisia

2 Institute of Sports And Physical Education of Kef, Tunisia

How to Cite: Moncef C, Said M, Olfa N, Dagbaji G. Influence of Morphological Characteristics on Physical and Physiological Performances of Tunisian Elite Male Handball Players, Asian J Sports Med. Online ahead of Print ; 3(2):34700. doi: 10.5812/asjsm.34700.


Asian Journal of Sports Medicine: 3 (2); 74-80
Published Online: May 31, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: June 4, 2011
Accepted: December 17, 2011


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe the body structure and morphological characteristics of Tunisian elite handball players, and to determine the effect of these variables on functional and physical performance levels.

Methods: A sample of 42 male handball players (mean age 21.983.24 years; training duration 12 years) at international level was submitted to a test battery comprising morphological, physical and physiological assessments. Tests were yo-yo intermittent recovery test, squat jump test, countermovement jump test, vertical-jump test, and Repeated sprint Ability. Measures for assessment of anthropometric characteristics were age, size, weight, body mass index, body fat, fat mass and thin mass.

Results: Weight was negatively correlated to the squat jump and the countermovement jump performance. Age, weight, and body composition measures (fat and thin body mass) were additionally negatively related to the maximal oxygen uptake, and to the maximal velocity obtained in the Yo-Yo recovery test. No relationship was found between size, body mass index, body fat and the physical abilities considered. Concerning the effects of physical characteristics on the functional performances, we can note a positive relationship between squat jump, countermovement jump, and the yo-yo recovery test performance. No relationship was found between vertical jump, repeated sprint ability, and the physiological performances.

Conclusions: Study results point to the existence of strong correlation between morphological and physical characteristics with functional characteristics. In handball, it is possible to have a reliable estimate of anthropometric measurements, physical and physiological performances.

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