The Journal of Sport and Healt Research (JSHR) is an associated journal to D.A.A. association, a professional health journal, sport and education.





Table tennis has experienced regulation changes and game materials improvements in the last decade that had affected several aspects. The objective of this study is to describe and analyze performance indicators involved in the individual category of modern table tennis. A total of 18 table tennis elite players participated in this study. Internal performance variables were obtained performing a maximum ergometer test and simulated competition (SC). External performance variables were obtained by observation and notational analysis. Elite table tennis players shown the following results in the ergometer test: 194 ± 6.7 l.min-1 maximum heart rate (HRmax), 52.2 ± 6.8, maximum oxygen consumption (VO2max) and 13 ± 2.2 mmol·l-1 lactate (LA). Mesomorph balanced (2,5-4,6-2,6) somatotype was obtained. Average LA values were 1.7 to 1.97 mmol·l-1. Maximum HR stood at 76 to 82.7% compared to HRmax. SC reached 60-70% VO2max while duration was 37.7 ± 15.6 min (i.e. 2.3 ± 6.76 min playing time and 30.9 ± 14.3 min pause). Numbers of shots recorded were 4.51 ± 2.61, and 458.8 ± 201.4 displacements were performed across a distance of 514.5 ± 213.1 m. Physiological response and match durations obtained were very similar to those before the incorporation of regulation modifications. However, playing time and beatings were higher in our study. Based on data obtained we can suggest a higher duration and intensity of the effort during competition and an increase in number of beatings and displacements in modern table tennis.




physiological response, anthropometry, notational analysis, player displacements, stroke type, match duration, rallies, racquet sports, table tennis.


Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009