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Comparison of the basic characteristics of men's and women's beach volley from the Athens 2004 Olympics

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Abstract:

While Beach Volley fares practically the same popularity as Volleyball, its tactical and technical elements have not as yet been submitted to the same systematic analysis. The aim of the present study was to compare the most important technical elements of Beach Volley between men and women, as this was expressed in its highest level at the final games of the Athens 2004 Olympics, using standard methodological approach, previously applied in the classic game of Volleyball. The analysis of the results revealed that the game of Beach Volley is played quite differently by men and by women. Although the relative proportion of points won by the serving and receiving team are practically the same in both genders, this comes as a result of actions, which vary distinctly in power in all skills, starting from the jump power serve, to the smashing spike at the net, forcing one of the players of the opposing team to make a block defense. Consequently the evident difference in muscular power between the two genders is the major factor discriminating the game tactics of Beach Volley. This differentiating factor manifests itself in several sports, such as volleyball, handball and tennis.

Keywords: BEACH VOLLEY; BLOCK; EFFECTIVENESS; SERVICE ATTACK; SKILLS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-11-01

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