Research Centre of Movement Science, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland; Orkuhusid, Physical Therapy and Medical Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland. Electronic address: [Email]
OBJECTIVE : To test 9 + screening batterie's intra-rater reliability, to provide indicative data of elite handball players, and to analyze difference between age, playing positions and level of play. METHODS : Descriptive study. METHODS : Icelandic elite male handball players. METHODS : 182 elite male handball players. METHODS : Nine + screening battery. RESULTS : Reliability test: Intra-class correlation for the total score was 0.95. The correlation of each of the test factors varied from 0.63 to 0.91. The mean total score was 22.3 ± 2.9 (95%CI 16.7-28.1), with no difference in total score comparing players age or level of play. Goalkeepers displayed a higher total score than other players (F3,151 = 5.75, p = 0.001). Junior players had a lower score than senior players in tests measuring abdominal strength and core stability; Test 5; │2(3, 182) = 41.5, p < 0.0001, Test 6; │2(3, 182) = 55.7, p < 0.0001, Test 7; │2(3, 182) = 11.8, p < 0.005, but higher scores in tests measuring trunk and shoulder mobility Test 8; │2(3, 182) = 18.2, p < 0.0001, Test 9; │2(3, 182) = 22.2, p = 0.006. CONCLUSIONS : The 9+ intra-rater reliability was acceptable for the total score and individual tests. Age-related differences were provided in many individual tests.