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Biomechanical analysis of anticipation of elite and inexperienced goalkeepers to distance shots in handball


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The objective of this study was to evaluate the anticipation time and kinematic factors in the movement ofgoalkeepers’ center of mass when making a long-distance throw in handball. The sample group was composed of 14goalkeepers and field players. A force platform was used to measure the force of the goalkeepers’ reaction movements, whilethe throwers’ movements were recorded with high-speed cameras. The expert goalkeepers began to move 193 ± 67 ms beforethe ball was released, with a 67% success rate of interception. The inexperienced goalkeepers began their movement 209 ±127 ms with a 24% success rate. The time taken by expert goalkeepers to begin a vertical movement of their CM, relative tothe moment of the ball’s release, was less than the time taken by inexperienced goalkeepers (77 ± 70 vs. 141 ± 108 msrespectively). The analysis of the velocity and movement indicates that expert goalkeepers wait longer before moving than doinexperienced goalkeepers.










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1 - 10 - 2012
23 - 10 - 2012


  • Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Granada, Spain
  • Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Granada, Spain
  • Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Seville, Spain
  • Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, University of Valencia, Spain
  • Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Jaen, Spain


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