Body Composition Features in Different Playing Position of Professional Team Indoor Players: Basketball, Handball and Futsal

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Domingo Jesús Ramos-Campo; Fernando Martínez Sánchez; Paula Esteban García; Jacobo Ángel Rubio Arias; Antonio Bores Cerezal; Vicente Javier Clemente-Suarez & José Fernando Jiménez Díaz


The aim of the present research was to analyze the body composition (BC) and the differences in BC among different playing position in professional basketball, handball and futsal players. BC was assessed in 70 professional indoor team sport players. Players were divided in 4 groups depending on the playing position: group 1, point guard, center/wings and defense; group 2, shooting guard/small forward, handed and midfielder; group 3, power forward/center, pivot and forward; and group 4 goalkeeper. Significant differences between playing positions in basketball in body mass (BM), height, proteins, minerals and arms, legs and trunk BM were found. In handball, significant differences between center/wings and pivot in BM and muscle mass, and between goalkeepers and handed in percentage of fat were measured. Significant differences were also found in BM of each playing position groups in the three sports and in arms and legs BM in groups 1 and 2, and trunk BM and height in group 2. Group 3 presented significant differences between futsal and basketball in skeletal muscle mass and trunk BM, and between basketball and handball in left leg BM and total BM. In group 4 significant differences in BM, height and trunk and leg BM between futsal and handball were found. BC in indoor team sports depend on the playing position and the sport discipline, the BC being result of the specific game actions of each playing position.

KEY WORDS: Fat mass; Height; Performance; Body mass.

How to cite this article

RAMOS-CAMPO, D. J.; MARTÍNEZ-SÁNCHEZ, F.; ESTEBAN-GARCÍA, P.; RUBIO-ARIAS, J. A.; BORES, C. A.; CLE- MENTE-SUAREZ, V. J. & JIMÉNEZ-DIAZ, J. F. Body composition features in different playing position of professional team indoor players: basketball, handball and futsal. Int. J. Morphol., 32(4):1316-1324, 2014.