Improving Speed to Handball Players

Adrian Georgescu, Cristina Varzaru, Constantin Rizescu


Introduction. I chose this theme because the sporting value of a handball player largely resides in the qualities of training, including the speed that shapes and refines the principles and skills required by content development. Technical and tactical preparation is specific to the modern handball game practiced by the best teams in the world.

Objective. This paper tries to make a contribution to the enrichment of the methodical material available to those who have chosen the beautiful mission to initiate the athletes in the handball secrets, to teach them specific movements of the game: as close as possible to Play and the effort to the special requirements of handball.

Therefore, the main purpose of the paper is to demonstrate the usefulness of a specific speed training program.

Methods. The target group consists of 18 members of the men's team C.S. Medgidia, with an average age of 19.94 ± 1.28 years. This team is active in the National Championship, A Division.

The subjects underwent initial screening on July 4, 2018. Final testing was conducted on August 29, 2018.

During 8 weeks (July 6 - August 30, 2018) related to two tests, the team had included in their training program this training program we designed to improve their speed.

Results. The parameter values recorded in the two initial and final tests differ statistically significantly from all parameters, meaning a 100% test. At these parameters, following the verification of statistical hypotheses using Test t, the null hypothesis was rejected, the significance threshold (p) being calculated being less than 0.05. Parameter averages calculated for final testing indicate an improvement in the athletes' preparation for initial testing at all tests.

Conclusions. The main result of this paper is that the speed of subjects has increased, and that confirms the hypothesis that by performing a rigorously standardized program, based on specific speed training, the level of training of the motor quality speed will increase.


speed; handball player; performance.

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