Specificity of technical and tactical training. A case study in volleyball


  • Policarpo Manzanares Catholic University San Antonio of Murcia (Spain)
  • Enrique Ortega University of Murcia
  • Jose M Palao University of Murcia http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4332-772X


The aim of this study was to analyse the degree of specificity between a period of training and the competition for which the training prepared through the analysis of the game elements utilised and their efficacy. A high level men´s volleyball team was analysed by utilising a descriptive observational methodology. The dependent variables were the type of technique utilised and the efficacy of each action. These variables were grouped according to the content of the practice: part practice, whole practice, or match. A recording of the entire training and competition process was done to later analyse it. The greatest difference between the volume of techniques utilised was found when comparing the situations of part practice and matches, while there were differences regarding efficacy between the whole and part practices and matches. This study seeks to serve as a reference for the optimisation of the training process through the use of a tool to establish objectives and monitor them during training and competition periods.


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