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Physical and Training Characteristics of Mixed Martial Arts Athletes

Systematic Review

Andrade, Alexandro, PhD1; Flores, Miguel A. Jr, BPhEd2; Andreato, Leonardo V., PhD2; Coimbra, Danilo R., MSc2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 1 - p 51–63
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000410
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ABSTRACT MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) IS A COMBAT SPORT WITH DIFFERENT AND COMPLEX CHARACTERISTICS. THE PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW IS TO ANALYZE PHYSICAL AND TRAINING CHARACTERISTICS OF MMA ATHLETES THROUGH A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. THE SEARCH WAS PERFORMED IN ELECTRONIC DATABASES WHERE 30 ARTICLES WERE SELECTED. THE MMA ATHLETES MUST HAVE STRENGTH, POWER, FLEXIBILITY, AEROBIC AND ANAEROBIC CONDITIONING. DIET, ABRUPT WEIGHT LOSS, INJURY, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS MERIT ADDITIONAL ATTENTION IN FUTURE STUDIES. A VIDEO ABSTRACT DESCRIBING THIS ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND IN SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1 (SEE VIDEO, HTTP://LINKS.LWW.COM/SCJ/A244).

1Maringá University Center (UNICESUMAR), Department of Physical Education, Maringá-PR; and

2Physical Education Department, Sciences Center of Health and Sport, Santa Catarina State University, Florianopolis, SC, Brazil

Address correspondence to Dr. Alexandro Andrade, alexandro.andrade.Phd@gmail.com.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors are grateful to FAPESC (Foundation for Support to Research and Innovation of the State of Santa Catarina) for financial support through the research (Project No. 2287 / PAP 04/2014). They would also like to affirm that they have no conflict of interest that is directly or indirectly relevant to the content of the present review. No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

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Alexandro Andradeis a Professor at the Santa Catarina State University.

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Miguel A. Floresis a Graduate in Physical Education.

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Leonardo V. Andreatois a teacher at the Maringá University Center.

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Danilo R. Coimbrais a teacher at the Santa Catarina State University.

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