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International Journal of Morphology

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TOLEDO FONSECA, Cláudio Luís; ROQUETTI FERNANDES, Paula  and  FERNANDES FILHO, José. Analysis of Anthropometrical Profile of Brazilian Junior Volleyball Team. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2010, vol.28, n.4, pp.1035-1041. ISSN 0717-9502.

Brazilian volleyball is recognized for its excellence in international tournaments. The victories in youth competition allow young talent players to participate on national teams. An important instrument in youth selection process is anthropometry that evaluates shape and body size of the athletes. This research verifies the anthropometrical characteristics of Brazilian junior volleyball players. Sixteen male players with 16,8 0,58 years old selected for 2006 South American Championship were evaluated, using Lohman protocols to access body fat, and Heath & Carter somatotype according to players position: setters (SE) (n=3), libero (LIB) (n=2), middle (MI) (n=4), Outside (OU) (n=4), Opposite (OP) (n=4). Descriptive statistics to characterized the anthropometrical profile and ANOVA with Tukey´s post hoc for detecting differences were used among players position. Significant differences for body mass and height between LIB and MI, and LIB and OP, were observed . However, no differences between player position were observed for percentage of body fat and somatotype components. This result lead for athlete selection that looks for tall and linear players independent of player position. The only position that showed a differents was LIB.

Keywords : Anthropometry; Body composition; Somatotype; Volleyball.

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