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Original scientific paper

The Influence of Somatotype Components and Personality Traits on the Playing Position and the Quality of Top Croatian Female Cadet Handball Players

Marijana Čavala orcid id ; University of Split, Faculty of Kinesiology, Split, Croatia
Viktorija Trninić ; University of Split, Faculty of Kinesiology, Split, Croatia
Dajana Jašić ; University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia
Mario Tomljanović ; University of Split, Faculty of Kinesiology, Split, Croatia

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The research was conducted with the aim to establish the structure and the differences of morphological features and personality traits between different age groups of female cadet handball players grouped by their playing quality and playing positions. Further on, the research was done on 70 handball players aged 15, 31 on average, who were grouped according to their positions on goalkeepers, outside players, wings and pivots. Furthermore, according to the quality of playing, they were divided in two quality groups of players, those from the wider cadet national team, thus characterised as top female players in Croatia, and those who had never been invited into the cadet national team and thus can be referred to as low-quality, i.e. average female handball players. The structure of predictor variables has indicated the existence of general morphological factor assessing the players’ constitution and two personality features factors – neuroticism and extraversion. The variance analysis showed no statistically significant differences of somatotype variables
with relation to quality and playing position. By observing basic personality traits, a statistically significant difference was confirmed only in introversion-extraversion with a lower score in goalkeepers than in other positions, which indicates a higher level of introversion in this playing position. Such result was expected since this particular position abounds in specific tasks and demands in the game in relation to all other playing positions. Further on, it has been concluded that the selection of players must not be based only on the stated physical and psychological characteristics, but on relevant
anthropological complexes determining performance and sport achievement.


female handball players, positions, quality, personality traits, somatotype

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