• Laetitia Fradet
  • Richard Kulpa
  • Franck Multon
  • Paul Delamarche
Keywords: handball, overarm throwing


Kinematic analysis of handball throwing is not well documented. If we know that the studies on the other throwing activities can give us important data, we have to develop the study of handball throwing in order to understand this special motion better. It appears that handball throwing is similar to football passing except for the special upper arm external rotation. Indeed, the maximal upper arm external rotation is minor to those noted in baseball pitching or football passing. Moreover, the upper arm is internally rotated at the ball release. If the common ball weight can explain the resemblance between football passing and handball throwing, the specific humeral rotation can result from some technical lacks of our players or from a specific adaptation to avoid a great external humeral rotation recognized as traumatizing for the arm.