Mirjana Milic, Zoran Grgantov and Ratko Katic, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Split, Croatia


The aim of this study was to compare the somatotype of youth Croatian female volleyball
players (mean age 14.05 years) in terms of playing performance. All players evaluated were
classified into a less successful group (N=53) and a group of more successful players (N=61).
The somatotype means of the whole sample were 4.41 – 2.79 – 3.68±1.02 – 1.04 – 1.29, of less
successful players 4.69 – 2.94 – 3.40 ± 0.95 – 0.96 – 1.21, and of more successful players 4.17 –
2.69 – 3.87 ± 1.03 – 1.07 – 1.30. Based on a Category Chart, 7 somatotype categories were
obtained. A significantly higher proportion of balanced ectomorph somatotype category was
established in more successful players, and a significantly higher proportion of ectomorphicendomorph
somatotype category was found in less successful players.

Keywords: anthropometric characteristics, Heat-Carter, playing performance, volleyball

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