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Fitness for Team Handball

Page history last edited by Helena Baert 11 years, 8 months ago

First Author: Amy N



  In order to play team handball, you must have good fitness. In other words, you must be in good physical condition and keep your body in shape.[1] Team handball players do alot of conditioning to prepare themselves for a game. Team handball consists of intense activities such as running, sprinting, jumping, dribbling, passing, and shooting. All of these activities require players to have good physical performance skills.


Important Physical Performance Skills:

  • A large body size

  • A large body weight

  • An ability to produce large muscle power

  • A large fatigue resistance to reductions in rapid force generation

  • A satisfactory running capacity



Team handball players also have to do many types of physical conditioning.


Physical Conditioning:

  • Strength training

  • Aerobic training

  • Anaerobic training

  • Injury prevention training

  • Agility drills



Examples Strength Training Programs from Team Denmark.







Physical Conditioning over 1 year period

During off season the athletes complete 2 - 3 strength training sessions per week and does aerobic or anaerobic conditioning 2 - 3 times a week. During in season the athletes complete 1 - 2 strength training sessions per week and does aerobic or anaerobic conditioning 1 - 2 times a week. The height of the squares exemplifies the training volume of the respective training mode/method.




  1. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/fitness
  2. http://www.teamdanmark.dk/CMS/cmsresources.nsf/filenames/Styrketr%C3%A6ning%20for%20boldspil%202.pdf/$file/Styrketr%C3%A6ning%20for%20boldspil%202.pdf

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