Background: The sports support programs are necessary to the development of performance athlete's career. The athlete should harmonize aspects of the sport environment, educational,
personal and familiar in order to promote, sustain and optimize their performance and their integral well-being (Wylleman & Reints, 2010). The studies emphasize the importance of the holistic approach
to the complete athlete's potential development (Henriksen, Stambulova, & Roessler, 2010). Thus, the support structure should be implemented to meet such demands. This study aims to identify the
perception of handball players on the support services used in the sporting career.
Methods: The study included 39 athletes, with a mean age of 25, registered in the Brazilian Handball Confederation and/or benefited from the athletes financial support federal
program. This study met all international standards of ethics in research. The methodology integrates the theory elaborated by Bosscher et al. (2009), and it was translated by Böhme and Bastos (in
press). Among the sports aspects proposed by this theoretical model, it is included in the questionnaire items like “access and quality of support services offered to athletes”. The range of
responses on the quality varies among: very high, high, moderate, low and very low. The frequency of responses was used to evaluate the results.
Results: The data show the clustering of responses expressing the perception of most athletes. It was found that with regard to performance analysis, 48.7% received moderate to
high-quality services; physical preparation was high to very high-quality for 65.8%; nutrition 57.9% received from low-quality to moderate services; in physiology 37.8% received moderate to
high-quality services; in psychology 47.4% received moderate to high-quality services. To 34.2%, the massage services were low to moderate quality; 64.1% received moderate to high-quality services in
physiotherapy; 53.8% received moderate to high-quality sports medicine services. It calls the attention the fact that 66.7% did not receive advice on career management; 69.2% did not get legal or
financial advice, and 46.2% did not have media training services. Overall, 64.1% considered support services as reasonable or inadequate.
Conclusions: Evidence revealed that the connection with the confederation and monetary support has not fully embraced the athletes demands. Besides financial resources, it is
important to expand the approach to support services, which assure assistance in different aspects of life for handball players, and not only restricted to athletic development.