THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO DESCRIBE THE CONDITIONING OF ELITE TAEKWONDO COMPETITORS BASED ON THE BLOCK-PERIODIZED TRAINING MODEL. THIS MODEL OF PERIODIZATION HAS BEEN USED BY THE COSTA RICAN NATIONAL TAEKWONDO TEAM AND GUIDED THEIR PHYSICAL PREPARATION FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS INCLUDING THE BEIJING 2008 AND LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES. EXAMPLES OF DRILLS PERFORMED ARE PRESENTED FOR A MACROCYCLE OF PREPARATION AIMED TO DEVELOP PHYSICAL AND TECHNICAL QUALITIES REQUIRED FOR SUCCESSFUL PREPARATION IN THIS COMBAT SPORT.
1School of Physical Education and Sports, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica;
2Sport Training Laboratory, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain;
3Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia; and
4Human Movement Sciences Research Center (CIMOHU), University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Pedro Carazo-Vargasis an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Education and Sport at the University of Costa Rica.
José M. González-Ravéis the Director of the Sport Training Laboratory and Professor in the Faculty of Sport Sciences at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
Robert U. Newtonis the Foundation Professor in Exercise and Sports Science at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, and Co-Director at the Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute.
José Moncada-Jiménezis the Director of the Human Movement Sciences Research Center and a Professor in the School of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Costa Rica.