Biology of Sport
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Biology of Sport
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4/2022
vol. 39
 
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Small-sided games in volleyball: A systematic review of the state of the art

Henrique de Oliveira Castro
1
,
Lorenzo Laporta
2, 3
,
Ricardo Franco Lima
4, 5
,
Filipe Manuel Clemente
4, 6
,
José Afonso
7
,
Samuel da Silva Aguiar
8
,
Alexandre Lima de Araújo Ribeiro
9
,
Gustavo de Conti Teixeira Costa
10

1.
Physical Education Department, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, Brazil
2.
Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões, Santiago, Brazil
3.
Escola de Educação Física, Fisioterapia e Dança, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
4.
Escola Superior de Desporto e Lazer, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
5.
Research Center in Sports Performance, Recreation, Innovation, and Technology, Portugal
6.
Instituto de Telecomunicações, Department of Covilhã, Covilhã, Portugal
7.
Centre for Research, Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sport, Faculty of Sport (CIFI2D), University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
8.
Centro Universitário do Distrito Federal, Brasília, Brazil
9.
Physical Education College, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, Brazil
10.
Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, Brazil
Biol Sport. 2022;39(4):995–1010
Online publish date: 2021/12/30
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Studies on small-sided games (SSG) in team sports have increased in recent decades. However, the literature concerning this training strategy in volleyball is sparse. This study aims to summarize and analyse the scientific evidence on SSG in volleyball. For this purpose, electronic searches were conducted in August 2021 in PubMed, Scielo, ScienceDirect, Scopus, SPORTDiscus, and Web of Science databases. As result, a total of 22 studies (3 cross-sectional, 7 quasi-experimental, and 12 randomized controlled trial) that used SSG in volleyball were included in the qualitative synthesis after applying the eligibility criteria. Despite the few studies available for each outcome, our results suggest that the SSG can be used as a methodological resource for volleyball teaching and training of educational, recreational, and high-performance character. In conclusion, the use of SSG in volleyball is a pedagogical and training alternative with positive effects on populations with different levels of training (school and university students, recreational adult players, and athletes) considering instructional approaches, sport knowledge, participation in Physical Education classes, health markers, physical fitness, and physiological, psychological, and tactical-technical variables. However, more studies need to be carried out using SSG in volleyball in different contexts, with different manipulations and variables.
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team sports, volleyball, conditioned game, drill-based games, reduced game, small-sided games

 
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