This study aimed to investigate the effect of contact (C-SSG) and no-contact (NC-SSG) handball small-sided games (SSGs) on motion patterns and physiological responses of elite handball players. Twelve male handball players performed 10C-SSG and 10 NC-SSG while being monitored through the heart rate (HR) and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) as physiological responses and time-motion activities profile using video-match analysis. Both game conditions resulted in similar HR responses (P>0.05), but the NC-SSG led to a higher RPE scores. The time-motion activity analysis featured NC-SSG with a greater amount of walking (855.6 +/- 25.1 vs. 690.6 +/- 35.2m) and backward movements (187.5 +/- 12.3 vs. 142.5 +/- 8.7m) combined with fast running (232.3 +/- 8.5 vs. 159.7 +/- 5.7m) and sprinting (79.5 +/- 4.7 vs. 39.7 +/- 3.7m) activities (P<0.001). Conversely, C-SSG had a higher percentage of jogging and sideway movements associated with greater frequency of jumping (0.87 +/- 0.09 vs. 0.31 +/- 0.06 nr) and physical contact (1.82 +/- 0.55 vs. 0.25 +/- 0.03 nr) events (P<0.001). No between-regimen differences were found for the number of throws (P=0.745). In addition, the RPE was significantly correlated with fast running relative distances (r=0.909, P<0.001) and sprinting relative distances (r=0.939, P<0.001). In conclusion, this investigation showed that both C-SSG and NC-SSG in team handball can effectively represent specifically oriented exercises, according to the sport-task and the performance demands.
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