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Physiological Profile of Iranian Men National Taekwondo Team

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Master of Physical Education and Sports Science, Islamshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, IRAN
  • 2 Islamshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, IRAN

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 3, Issue (10), Pages 28-35, October,2 (2014)


Taekwondo athletes need high levels of physiological capabilities for optimal performance of movements - kicks and competing effectively in global and international fields. Current work aims at determining physiological profile of Iranian Men National Taekwondo Team. To this end, all Taekwondo athletes present in national tram camp in 2013 including 22 ones (with age average 21.39 ± 2.14) were selected as the statistical sample. Measured physiological characteristics include aerobic power (gas analyzer), aerobic power at anaerobic threshold (Kank anytest), anaerobic power with lactate (Argo jump test), trunk and lower extremity muscle endurance (sit and reach test, side jump), maximal lower extremity muscle strength (Sargent vertical jump), speed (40-yard sprint), reaction rate (visual reaction time), flexibility of trunk and lower extremity (trunk flexion test, forward and back), agility (4 × 9 sprint test) which were performed in four different Olympic weights. Findings indicate all weights had lowest performance in visual reaction time sub scale, while the best performance was observed in performance for aerobic power at anaerobic threshold which was related to third and fourth weights. In addition, in some indices such as trunk muscle endurance, maximal lower extremity muscle strength, and trunk flexibility similar performances are seen in all weights (p ≤ 0.05).


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