Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript
BioMed Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 6204603, 10 pages
Research Article

Physical and Physiological Demands of Recreational Team Handball for Adult Untrained Men

1Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development, CIDESD, University Institute of Maia, ISMAI, Maia, Portugal
2Fitness Training and Biomechanics Laboratory, Italian Football Federation, Technical Department, Coverciano, Florence, Italy
3School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
4University Institute of Maia, ISMAI, Maia, Portugal
5Center of Research, Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sport, Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
6Portuguese Handball Federation, Lisbon, Portugal
7Research Center in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure, Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
8Early Start Research Institute, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
9Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
10Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, SDU Sport and Health Sciences Cluster (SHSC), University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
11Sport and Health Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to Susana C. A. Póvoas; tp.iamsi@saovops

Received 30 October 2016; Revised 26 January 2017; Accepted 6 February 2017; Published 29 March 2017

Academic Editor: Laura Guidetti

Copyright © 2017 Susana C. A. Póvoas et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Lack of motivation to exercise was reported as a major cause of sedentary behavior in adulthood. This descriptive study examines the acute physical and physiological demands of recreational team handball and evaluates whether it could be suggested as an exercise mode for fitness and health enhancement in 33–55-year-old untrained men. Time-motion, heart rate (HR), and blood lactate analyses were obtained from 4 recreational matches. Mean distance covered during the 60 min matches was  m. The players changed match activity times, of which high-intensity runs and unorthodox movements amounted to and per match, respectively. The most frequent highly demanding playing actions were jumps and throws. Match average and peak HR were % and %, respectively. Players exercised at intensities between 81 and 90% for 47% ( min) and >90% for 24% ( min) of total match time. Match average and peak blood lactate values were and  mM, respectively. Recreational team handball is an intermittent high-intensity exercise mode with physical and physiological demands in the range of those found to have a positive effect on aerobic, anaerobic, and musculoskeletal fitness in adult individuals. Training studies considering recreational team handball as a health enhancing intervention are warranted.