SITTING VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS: DIFFERENCES IN PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS BETWEEN NATIONAL AND LEAGUE TEAMS
The aim of the present study was to describe and compare physical profiles and certain psychological
aspects of sitting volleyball players in a national team and in a league team. Twenty-seven Brazilian sitting
volleyball players (15 from the national team, 12 from the league team) took part in this study. They completed
demographics, FANTASTIC, anthropometrics, handgrip, seated chest pass, modified agility T, modified speed
and agility, and speed and endurance tests. Data were processed by χ2-test, Mann-Whitney U test, Pearson
correlation, and a stepwise multiple linear regression analysis. The national team players had significantly
more training time and better lifestyle (p<.01) than the league players. Significant regression equation results
for predicting players’ level included weekly training volume and hip circumference (R2=.68). In conclusion,
national team and league players differed in just psychological aspects and magnitude training time, which
show the importance of psychological characteristics in elite sitting volleyball.
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