BIOMECHANICAL ANALYSIS OF THE HANDBALL IN AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL

  • L. Parrington
  • K. Ball
  • C. Macmahon
  • S. Taylor
Keywords: handball, Australian football, three-dimensional analysis

Abstract

The handball pass in Australian Football has become increasingly important in recent years. However, important technical elements of handballing have not been identified in the scientific literature. The purposes of this study were to provide a descriptive analysis of the handball through the evaluation of a player considered to have good technique, to compare handballs for maximal speed and accuracy, and to compare preferred and non-preferred hands. Three-dimensional data were collected from one elite level Australian Football player using Optotrak Certus. The player performed three handballs for maximal speed and three handballs for accuracy with both the preferred and non-preferred hand. Linear hand speed, linear shoulder speed, shoulder angular velocity and elbow angular velocity were larger in the maximal speed condition. Differences in the development of hand speed were found for preferred and non-preferred hands.