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Article: Health through martial arts training: Physical fitness and reaction time in adolescent Taekwondo practitioners

TitleHealth through martial arts training: Physical fitness and reaction time in adolescent Taekwondo practitioners
Authors
KeywordsMartial Arts
Sports
Health
Adolescence
Issue Date2013
PublisherScientific Research Publishing, Inc.
Citation
Health, 2013, v. 5, p. 1-5 How to Cite?
AbstractTaekwondo (TKD) is a popular sport among adolescents, but the potential benefits of TKD training to young individuals are not well understood. The objectives of this cross-sectional exploratory study were to compare flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition, and simple reaction time between TKD-trained adolescents and controls. Twenty TKD-trained adolescents aged between 10 and 14 and 20 age-matched healthy controls were asked to perform five physical fitness tests: a sit-and-reach test, leg split test, skinfold measurement, one-minute curl-up test, and ruler-drop reaction time test. The results revealed no significance differences between the two groups in sit-and-reach distance (p = 0.690), leg split angle (p = 0.789), percentage of body fat (p = 0.342), or number of repetitions in the one-minute curl-up test (p = 0.250). However, the TKD group had significantly faster reaction times in the rulerdrop test than the control group (p = 0.005). The results thus suggest that although TKD training may improve reaction times in adolescents, it may have little effect on flexibility, muscular endurance, and body composition (percentage of fat). TKD may be a suitable exercise for improving simple reaction time, but it may not be suitable for improving general physical fitness in adolescents.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/184843
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dc.contributor.authorFong, SMen_US
dc.contributor.authorNg, SSMen_US
dc.contributor.authorChung, LMYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-15T10:14:01Z-
dc.date.available2013-07-15T10:14:01Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationHealth, 2013, v. 5, p. 1-5en_US
dc.identifier.issn1949-4998-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/184843-
dc.description.abstractTaekwondo (TKD) is a popular sport among adolescents, but the potential benefits of TKD training to young individuals are not well understood. The objectives of this cross-sectional exploratory study were to compare flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition, and simple reaction time between TKD-trained adolescents and controls. Twenty TKD-trained adolescents aged between 10 and 14 and 20 age-matched healthy controls were asked to perform five physical fitness tests: a sit-and-reach test, leg split test, skinfold measurement, one-minute curl-up test, and ruler-drop reaction time test. The results revealed no significance differences between the two groups in sit-and-reach distance (p = 0.690), leg split angle (p = 0.789), percentage of body fat (p = 0.342), or number of repetitions in the one-minute curl-up test (p = 0.250). However, the TKD group had significantly faster reaction times in the rulerdrop test than the control group (p = 0.005). The results thus suggest that although TKD training may improve reaction times in adolescents, it may have little effect on flexibility, muscular endurance, and body composition (percentage of fat). TKD may be a suitable exercise for improving simple reaction time, but it may not be suitable for improving general physical fitness in adolescents.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherScientific Research Publishing, Inc.-
dc.relation.ispartofHealthen_US
dc.subjectMartial Arts-
dc.subjectSports-
dc.subjectHealth-
dc.subjectAdolescence-
dc.titleHealth through martial arts training: Physical fitness and reaction time in adolescent Taekwondo practitionersen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailFong, SM: smfong@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityFong, SM=rp01759en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.4236/health.2013.56A3001-
dc.identifier.hkuros215287en_US
dc.identifier.volume5en_US
dc.identifier.spage1en_US
dc.identifier.epage5en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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