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Taekwondo: Physiological Responses and Match Analysis

Matsushigue, Karin A1; Hartmann, Kátia1; Franchini, Emerson2

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: July 2009 - Volume 23 - Issue 4 - p 1112-1117
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181a3c597
Original Research

Matsushigue, KA, Hartmann, K, and Franchini, E. Taekwondo: Physiological responses and match analysis. J Strength Cond Res 23(4): 1112-1117, 2009-The aim of the present study was to determine the time structure and physiological responses during Songahm Taekwondo (TKD) competition and to compare these variables between winner and non-winner athletes. Fourteen men subjects were analyzed. Blood lactate concentration (LA) and heart rate (HR) were determined before and after the match. The match was filmed for the determination of the number of techniques used, the duration of effort and rest periods (RPs), and the interval between high-intensity movements (HM). Post-match LA was 7.5 ± 3.8 mmol·L−1, HR was 183 ± 9 b·min−1, and HM was 31 ± 16 seconds. The mean effort time (8 ± 2 seconds) did not differ from mean interval time (8 ± 3 seconds). Winners used a smaller total number of techniques, but post-match LA or HR did not differ from that of non-winners. In conclusion, the glycolytic metabolism was not the predominant energy source and the physiological responses did not differ between winners and non-winners. Coaches and sports scientists should prepare a technical or physical training session considering the low glycolytic contribution in this sport, hence the training protocol should involve high-intensity movements interspersed with longer RPs to provide the creatine phosphate recovery, with special attention given to the technical quality of TKD skills and not to higher technique volume during a simulation of matches.

1Department of Physical Education, Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil; and 2Martial Arts and Combat Sports Research Group, School of Physical Education and Sport, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

The project was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (process 444).

Address correspondence to Emerson Franchini,

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