Libero: The Paramount of Specific Fitness Exhibiter in Modern Volleyball

Authors : Krishnendu Pradhan*

*Department of Physical Education, Garhbeta College, West Bengal


*Correspondence Author.

Krishnendu Pradhan

Associate Professor

Department of Physical Education, Garhbeta College, Paschim Midnapur, West Bengal



Article Received: 01.08.2021

Article Accepted: 25.08.2021

Article E-Published: 24.09.2021


In the present study, an attempt has been made to establish that, liberos’ are the paramount of specific fitness exhibitors in the modern volleyball game according to their positions in the court. Fifty-two male volleyball players (N=52, average age: 23.26±1.59 years) from east zone inter university volleyball tournament, 2014 were purposely selected in this study. The players were categorized as middle blocker (N1=14), outside hitter (N2=14), libero (N3=12) and setter (N4=12) according to their different playing positions. As per recommendation of different nation and university coaches, specific fitness exhibitor of volleyball players were measured through standard tests i.e. explosive leg strength by standing broad jump, explosive shoulder strength by six pound medicine ball put, agility by Semo agility test, speed by 50 meter run, endurance by 600 yard run & walk and eye-hand coordination by ball transfer test respectively. One way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to observe differences of mean among the groups. The level of significance was set at 0.05. The results showed that there were significant differences in explosive leg strength, explosive shoulder strength, agility, speed and endurance among the different playing positions. No significant differences exist in eye-hand coordination among the different positional players. The results of this study help the coaches and trainers to set appropriate training schedules that consider playing positions in relation to their selected paramount of specific fitness exhibitors in the volleyball game. Thus, more research must be conducted in order to understand quality talent identification, team selection and preparation of a new training schedule that considers positional roles and demands of the same.

Key Words:libero, specific fitness, volleyball