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Fitness Components for Handball

In addition to the high level of skills required to play handball, to be successful you need, among other things, good speed, acceleration, power, agility, strength and endurance - not much really! However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for handball, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a player.

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You Need to be Quick and Agile

We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in handball. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factors which are considered most important by the readers of this site are Speed / Quickness and Agility. You can add your vote too, and see the latest results.

In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of handball, and the most important according to them are the same as in the poll above: Speed / Quickness and Agilty. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Handball Players.

Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)

  1. Speed / Quickness
  2. Agility
  3. Skill and Technique
  4. Balance & Coordination
  5. Strength & Power
  6. Reaction Time
  7. Analytic & Tactical Ability
  8. Motivation & Self Confidence
  9. Coping with Pressure Situations
  10. Flexibility
  11. Aerobic Endurance
  12. Body Size and Composition

Are You an Expert?

I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself an expert in handball, go here to add your opinion.

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