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Physical profiles of female academy netball players by position

Thomas, C and Ismail, KT and Simpson, R and Comfort, P and Jones, PA and Dos’Santos, T (2019) Physical profiles of female academy netball players by position. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33 (6). pp. 1601-1608. ISSN 1064-8011

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Abstract

Copyright © 2017 National Strength and Conditioning Association. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the height, body mass, and physical characteristics of female academy netball players by position (centers, defenders, and shooters). Data were collected on 43 regional academy players during the preseason period and comprising height, body mass, and physical characteristics (single-leg hop [SLH], squat jump [SJ], countermovement jump [CMJ], 5- and 10-m sprint, 505 change of direction speed and cardiorespiratory fitness). Defenders and shooters demonstrated significantly (p # 0.05; d $ 1.1) greater body mass compared with centers. Defenders demonstrated significantly (p # 0.05; d = 1.6) greater height compared with centers; however, no significant differences were noted between centers and shooters (p = 0.19; d = 0.7) and defenders and shooters (p = 0.70; d = 0.5). Centers performed better during the SLH left leg (p = 0.01; d = 1.0), SJ (p = 0.03; d = 1.1), CMJ (p = 0.01; d = 1.4), 5-m (p = 0.04; d $ 20.9) and 10-m sprint (p = 0.01; d = 21.2), 505 left (p # 0.03; d $ 1.0), 505 right (p # 0.03; d = 1.3), and cardiorespiratory fitness (p = 0.01; d $ 1.2) compared with other positions. No other significant differences were observed. These findings demonstrate that height, body mass, and physical characteristics differ between positions in female netball players and provide normative data for English academy netball players. Strength and conditioning coaches should consider the specific demands on individual positions when training female netball players.

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