Association of anthropometric qualities with vertical jump performance in elite male volleyball players

Aouadi, R. and Chedly, M.. and Khalifa, R. and Hermassi, S. and Chelly, M. Souhaiel and van den Tillaar, R. and Gabbett, T. (2012) Association of anthropometric qualities with vertical jump performance in elite male volleyball players. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 52 (1). pp. 11-17. ISSN 0022-4707

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Aim: The objective of this study was to examine the association between physical and anthropometric profiles and vertical jump performance in elite volleyball players. Methods: Thirty-three elite male volleyball players (21±1 y, 76.9±5.2 kg, 186.5±5 cm) were studied. Several anthropometric measurements (body mass, stature, body mass index, lower limb length and sitting height) together with jumping height anaerobic power of counter movement jump with arm swing (CMJ arm)) were obtained from all subjects. Forward stepwise multiple linear regression analysis was performed to determine if any of the anthropometric parameters were predictive of CMJ arm. Results: Anaerobic power was significantly higher (P≤0.05) in the tallest players relative to their shorter counterparts. A significant relationship was observed between CMJ arm and lower limb length (r 2=0.69; P<0.001) and between the lower limb length and anaerobic power obtained with CM-J arm(r 2=0.57; P<0.01). While significantly correlated (P≤0.05) with CMJ arm performance, stature, lower limb length/stature and sitting height/stature ratios were not significant (P>0.05) predictors of CMJ arm performance. Conclusion. This study demonstrates that lower limb length is correlated with CMJ arm in elite male volleyball players. The players with longer lower limbs have the better vertical jump performances and their anaerobic power is higher. These results could be of importance for trained athletes in sports relying on jumping performance, such as basketball, handball or volleyball. Thus, the measurement of anthropometric characteristics, such as stature and lower limb length may assist coaches in the early phases of talent identification in volleyball.

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Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 00:16
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 01:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: body height; plyometric exercise; volleyball
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
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