Effects of ball properties on throwing in young team-handball beginners

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Throwing a ball is a primary skill in team-handball and can be directly influenced by the properties of different types of
balls. Therefore, the use of different balls (i.e., methodic ball) recommended by the handball federations (e.g., IHF) and
the education guidelines, are important in teaching throwing. Previous studies have shown that movement patterns and
throwing velocity can be influenced by different ball types and sizes. However, the influence of these factors on throwing
accuracy has not been investigated in detail yet. This study aims to replicate the findings of previous studies on increasing
throwing velocity in children by comparing the use of a soft methodic ball with a size 0 handball. Furthermore, this study
investigates the influence of these balls on throwing accuracy. In an experimental study, participants (10-years of age)
threw a soft methodic ball and a size 0 ball at target areas in a handball goal. For all the throws, throwing velocity and
accuracy were measured. Commensurate with previous research, throwing velocity was higher for the soft methodic
ball compared to a size 0 ball. No difference was found in accuracy, although, it is worth mentioning that the participants
were only experienced in throwing using the size 0 ball. Moreover, only one-third of the children favored throwing with
a size 0 ball, which is what they are used to in training and competition. The results of our study, therefore, confirm that
using soft methodic balls additionally, positively influences the throwing velocity and has no negative effect on the
accuracy in throwing among young handball beginners.
ZeitschriftInternational Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 14.06.2021

Fachgebiete und Schlagwörter

  • Equipment
  • motor learning
  • skill acquisition
  • soft methodic ball
  • team sports
  • throwing performance