Physical and physiological attributes of female volleyball players--a review

J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Jul;24(7):1963-73. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181ddf835.


The main objective of this article was to review a series of studies (n = 31) on physical attributes, physiological attributes, and on-court performances of female volleyball players. Empirical and practical knowledge emerging from studies on training-related issues in volleyball, such as body mass, fat-free mass, aerobic profile, strength, and agility and speed, should be integrated and applied when planning annual training programs for volleyball players. Based on our review, it was found that (a) players of a higher skill level are taller, somewhat heavier, and have higher vertical jump values than players of a lower level; (b) the aerobic profile of female volleyball players is similar to that of female basketball players; (c) ballistic resistance training can increase vertical jump values in female volleyball players; and (d) preseason conditioning should be conducted to prevent fatigue and reduced performance at the beginning of the season. Among the research concerns discussed in the article are that there is a lack data for on-court performance and time-motion analysis in female volleyball players and that more experimental/manipulative studies are needed to examine the effectiveness of different training programs on physiological attributes of female volleyball players. Two practical implications are suggested for volleyball and strength and conditioning coaches: (a) functional and nonfunctional overreaching should be carefully monitored when planning strength and conditioning programs, and (b) volleyball programs should include ballistic-type training.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletes*
  • Athletic Performance / physiology*
  • Body Height / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Motor Skills / physiology
  • Movement / physiology
  • Muscle Strength / physiology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
  • Oxygen Consumption / physiology
  • Physical Fitness / physiology
  • Resistance Training
  • Volleyball / physiology*