There is a revolution under way in how handball data analysis is used and – thanks to a team appointed by the EHF Methods Commission – it is helping national federations and handball improve standards.
EHF Methods Commission member Carmen Manchado from the University of Alicante and her team have created a Handball Analysis Tool which interprets raw data produced by Kinexon that foresees the covered distances, velocities, accelerations, changes of direction, impacts and jumps of players on the court.
The scientific analysis was already used at the Women's and Men's EHF EURO 2020. At the Men's competition over 7 million data points from the 65 matches were collected and, with around 110,000 data points collected in each match, approximately 5 million were collected at the Women's event.
“The Kinexon data was firstly introduced for information for the spectators watching at home the height of a jump or speed of a throw to make them feel part of the show,” Manchado says. “Our data can also be used to provide research to learn more about sport and improve players’ performance. “The reason behind why we try to produce the information coming from Kinexon is to give coaches as much valid and constructive data as possible. We receive the raw data – a players’ position for example and here in Alicante we use our tool to turn it something that can be translated in a coaches’ language. “The mission for all of us involved in handball is that we define the development of the players and the game that will result in an attractive product: a highly-skilled match.
INJURY PREVENTION IN FOCUS AT RINCK CONVENTION SEMINAR
Injury prevention was one of the main focuses of the EHF RINCK Convention seminar that took place over three days in June.
The online seminar welcomed 43 participants from 39 EHF federations who took part in a busy programme of lectures, while also having the chance to exchange their own experience and knowledge in working groups.
The first day was reserved for a basic information about the RINCK Convention while the following day saw attention turn to the seminar’s key theme – The Big Six of Injury Prevention – How coaches can make a difference.Each of the ‘big six’ – pre-injury screening, training, load management, recovery management, return to competition and injury monitoring – were presented by Patrick Luig, Leonard Achenbach, Claude Karcher, Thorsten Ribbecke, Hendrik Block and Lior Laver.
On the final day of the seminar, the participants were involved in seminars that covered grassroots handball, an insight into iCoachKids and new tools for coaches.
The latest development regarding the RINCK Convention as 2021 came to a close was that the Ukrainian and Georgian federations signed up to become the newest to join the convention after agreeing terms at the Extraordinary Congress in November.