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Strength and Conditioning for Muay Thai Athletes

Turner, Anthony N MSc, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 6 - pp 78-92
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181b99603
Article

MUAY THAI WAS DEVELOPED IN THAILAND AND IS A COMBAT SPORT IN WHICH CONTESTANTS CAN KICK, PUNCH, KNEE, ELBOW, AND GRAPPLE WITH THEIR OPPONENTS. LIKE MOST MARTIAL ARTS, MUAY THAI ATHLETES TEND TO PLAY THEMSELVES FIT, OFTEN BECAUSE THIS HAS LONG BEEN THE TRADITIONAL APPROACH BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF THE MANY MYTHS THAT SURROUND GYM-BASED TRAINING EXERCISES. THIS PAPER THEREFORE AIMS TO JUSTIFY THE INCLUSION OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING WITHIN MUAY THAI AS AN INTERVENTION TO FURTHER ENHANCE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE. IN ADDITION, AN EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAM IS SUGGESTED.

London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, England

Anthony N. Turner is a strength and conditioning coach and leader for the Master of Science program in strength and conditioning at Middlesex University.

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