Influence of stature on movement speed and repeated efforts in elite volleyball players
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computing, Health and Science Faculty Office
This case study evaluated the influence of stature on lateral movement speed and repeated lateral movement speed in a group of Australian national team male volleyball players. Twenty-two volleyball players were assessed on their volleyball-specific repeated movement and jumping abilities using a volleyball-specific repeated effort test (RET). The athletes were divided into two groups, a taller group (n=11, 205.43 ± 3.07 cm) and a shorter group (n=11, 195.68 ± 4.40 cm). The athletes in the taller group exhibited superior lateral speed and repeated lateral speed times (p<0.00 and p=0.01, respectively) and these differences were of a large magnitude in each variable (Cohen’s d: 2.94 and 1.61, respectively). These findings demonstrate that despite the same training and playing experience, taller athletes tend to be faster at lateral movement and repeated lateral movement in a volleyball specific movement.