The handball is characterized by a variety of movements accomplished with intensity alternation. In this way, the knowledge about the predominant energy sources in the actions, with the intention of bringing more effectiveness to the structuring and the prescription of the training, becomes fundamental. Because of that, the objective of this study was to determine the physiological characteristics of female handball athletes. The sample was constituted of 20 female athletes, participants of the Associação Atlética Universitária de Concórdia team - SC, in 2007. The maximum aerobic power (Bruce Protocol); maximum anaerobic power (Wingate Test) and lactate threshold were evaluated. The obtained results were: VO2max 45.3±3.0mL.kg-1.min-1; maximum anaerobic power 10.1±1.2 Watts.kg; early lactate 2.9±0.8mmol.L and late lactate 5.2±1.9mmol.L. The results demonstrate that the athletes present values inside the reference patterns for female handball athletes. The evaluated variables in this study, when associated to other intervening factors for the performance, contribute in a significant way as parameters for the diagnosis of the athletes’ training status, as well as for the elaboration of an individualized training program, seeking an improvement of the performance.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.