Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine ( 2014 ) 13 , 808 - 816

Review article
Individual and Team Performance in Team-Handball: A Review
Herbert Wagner1, , Thomas Finkenzeller1, Sabine Würth1, Serge P. von Duvillard2
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1 Department of Sport Science and Kinesiology, University of Salzburg, Austria
2 Department of Public and Allied Health Sciences, Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware, USA

Herbert Wagner
✉ Department of Sport Science and Kinesiology, University of Salzburg, Rifer Schlossallee 49, 5400 Hallein/Rif, Austria
Email: herbert.wagner@sbg.ac.at
Publish Date
Received: 05-05-2014
Accepted: 01-08-2014
Published (online): 01-12-2014
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ABSTRACT

Team handball is a complex sport game that is determined by the individual performance of each player as well as tactical components and interaction of the team. The aim of this review was to specify the elements of team-handball performance based on scientific studies and practical experience, and to convey perspectives for practical implication. Scientific studies were identified via data bases of PubMed, Web of Knowledge, SPORT Discus, Google Scholar, and Hercules. A total of 56 articles met the inclusion criteria. In addition, we supplemented the review with 13 additional articles, proceedings and book sections. It was found that the specific characteristics of team-handball with frequent intensity changes, team-handball techniques, hard body confrontations, mental skills and social factors specify the determinants of coordination, endurance, strength and cognition. Although we found comprehensive studies examining individual performance in team-handball players of different experience level, sex or age, there is a lack of studies, particularly for team-handball specific training, as well as cognition and social factors.

Key words: Coordination, agility, strength and power, endurance, constitution, social factors, cognition


           Key Points
  • The specific characteristics of team-handball with frequent intensity changes, specific skills, hard body confrontations, mental skills and social factors define the determinants of coordination, endurance, strength and cognition.
  • To increase individual and team performance in team-handball specific training based on these determinants have been suggested.
  • Although there are comprehensive studies examining individual performance in team-handball players of different experience level, sex, or age are published, there is a lack of training studies, particularly for team-handball specific techniques and endurance, as well as cognition and social factors.
 
 
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