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The present study aims to identify if and how motor skills such as speed and agility can be improved by using training activities corresponding to performance in volleyball. The experiment included a total of 16 male athletes (17–18 years old), divided into two groups (control and experimental group). The tests applied in the research were the Illinois test and the Hexagon test, since speed, agility and quickness are essential to high performance in volleyball. After the initial tests, the experimental group became part of a 6-week training programme, designed to learn and master speed and agility drills. The results obtained at the final control tests demonstrated that the indicators of motor skills registered a real progress. This confirmed our working hypothesis stating that physical exercises, motor games and other means, specific to the game of volleyball, can influence the development of motor skills.
Keywords: Agility, speed, performance sport, Illinois test, Hexagon test, volleyball training.
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