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Physical Demands on Young Elite European Female Basketball Players With Special Reference to Speed, Agility, Explosive Strength, and Take-off Power

Erčulj, Frane; Blas, Mateja; Bračič, Mitja

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: November 2010 - Volume 24 - Issue 11 - pp 2970-2978
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181e38107
Original Research

Erčulj, F, Blas, M, and Bračič, M. Physical demands on young elite European female basketball players with special reference to speed, agility, explosive strength, and take-off power. J Strength Cond Res 24(11): 2970-2978, 2010-The aim of the study was to determine and analyze the level of certain motor abilities (acceleration and agility, the explosive strength of arms, and take-off power) of young elite European female basketball players. We also wanted to establish whether there were any differences between 3 groups of female basketball players who differed in terms of their playing performance. The sample of subjects consists of 65 female basketball players aged 14.49 (± 0.61) years who were divided into 3 groups (divisions A, B, and C of the European Championships). We compare the groups by using 8 motor tests. p Values <0.05 were considered statistically significant. The results show that the division C players achieved below-average results in all tests and thus differ from the players from divisions A and B whose test results were relatively homogeneous. The division C players differ from those from divisions A and B mainly in the 6 × 5-m sprint dribble (discriminant ratio coefficients [DRC] = 0.435), medicine ball throw (DRC = 0.375), and 20-m sprint (DRC = 0.203). Discriminatory power in the 6 × 5-m sprint dribble and 20-m sprint tests is preserved even after eliminating the effect of body height. We assume that, besides the deficit in body height and training status, this is also 1 of the key reasons for these players' lower playing efficiency compared to those from divisions A and B. We hope the findings of this study will enable the generation of model values, which can assist basketball coaches for this age category in basketball clubs, high schools, national teams, and basketball camps.

Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Address correspondence to Frane Erčulj, frane.erculj@fsp.uni-lj.si.

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