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The effect of a handball game on stretch shortening cycle of lower limb up to 72H through recovery

Mavropalias, G.ORCID: 0000-0001-7753-5693 (2012) The effect of a handball game on stretch shortening cycle of lower limb up to 72H through recovery. In: 20th International Congress of Physical Education and Sport komotini, 18 - 20 May 2012, Komotini, Greece


Handball characterized by high intensity activities such sprints, reactions, strength and sort periods of assumption. Basic content of handball movement patterns is the stretch shortening cycle (SSC), which may be produce muscle damage with consequence deterioration of performance for several hours following a handball game. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of a handball game on selected indices of performance during 3 day recovery period. Twenty four male handball player separated in two groups the experimental (E: age 19.8±1.2 yrs, weight 80.2±7.6 kg, height 178.5±7.3 cm, body fat: 14.4±5 VO2max 45±6 ml kg‐1 min‐1 ) which participated in a handball game and control (C age: 22.6±2.2 yrs, weight 85.2±6.5 kg, height 184.3±3.2 cm, body fat: 14.2±3.1, VO2max 47.6±3.2 ml kg‐1 min‐1 ) didn’t participate in a handball game. Squat jump (SJ), counter movement jump (CMJ), drop jump (DJ), fast SSC and sort SSC (Newtest, Oulu, Finland) were the independed variables. Differences were evaluated with ANOVA repeated measures. The highest percentage deterioration in SJ was detected at 24 h, in CMJ at 72 h, in DJ at 48 h. The fast SSC shown the highest percentage deterioration at 24 h and the sort SSC at 48 h. In conclusion basketball game produced, a transient reduction of performance for at least 24 hours. The results indicate the necessity of enough recovery time after a handball game, at least 48 hours and therefore participate in trainings with high intensity.

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