Digital game analysis in beach volleyball.

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The purpose of the study was twofold: (a) to create a useful tool for the analysis of beach volleyball and (b) to make a structure analysis of this type of sport. Therefore, the authors adapted the video analysis software called StatShot to investigate the U18 and U21 world championships 2003. Videos recorded during the competitions have been analyzed. The output of the research is a statistical summary on the used volleyball techniques connected to the corresponding video scenes. This connection should ensure the practical wealth of this method for the athletes as they have a complete game statistics and can study themselves or their opponents. This possibility improves the applicability of a classical quantitative analysis. The method was tested and showed good values regarding reliability and objectivity. The validity is given as the results have been successfully used and accepted by the Austrian national team trainer during competition. The structure analysis showed some interesting details in the game structure of U18 and U21 world class beach volleyball which are summarized within this paper.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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