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The Mixed Martial Arts Athlete: A Physiological Profile

Lenetsky, Seth; Harris, Nigel PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 1 - pp 32-47
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182389f00
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MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) IS A COMBAT SPORT THAT HAS GAINED MUCH POPULARITY IN RECENT YEARS. DESPITE THIS RECENT SURGE IN POPULARITY, THERE IS LITTLE RESEARCH ON THE PHYSIOLOGICAL DEMANDS OF THE SPORT. CONSEQUENTLY, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PRACTICES ARE STILL BASED LARGELY ON ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE AND TRADITION. THIS REVIEW EXAMINES THE RESEARCH ON MMA AND THE ASSOCIATED COMPONENT SPORTS IN AN ATTEMPT TO UNDERPIN FUTURE TRAINING PRACTICES WITH AN EVIDENCE BASE.

Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Seth Lenetsky is a post graduate student of sport and exercise science with Auckland University of Technology's School of Sport and Recreation and a strength and conditioning coach.

Nigel Harris is a senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at AUT University and a strength and conditioning coach.

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