High-intensity conditioning for combat athletes: practical recommendations

RUDDOCK, Alan, JAMES, Lachlan, FRENCH, Duncan, ROGERSON, David, DRILLER, Matthew and HEMBROUGH, David (2021). High-intensity conditioning for combat athletes: practical recommendations. Applied Sciences, 11 (22).

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Combat sports have been practiced for millennia and today are predominant sports at the Olympic games, with international organizations that host world, continental and national championships at amateur standard. There are also an increasing number of professional combat sports with global audiences. The growing popularity of professional combat sports and their importance at the Olympic games have led to an increase in scientific studies that characterize the physical, physiological, nutritional, biomechanical and training strategies of combat sports athletes. These studies characterize combat sports as high-intensity sports which require training strategies to develop the high-intensity capabilities of athletes. Therefore, the aim of this article is to (i) summarize the physiological demands of combat sports; (ii) present the primary considerations required to program high-intensity conditioning for athletes; (iii) define and present key high-intensity conditioning methods; and (iv) provide guidance for scientists and coaches to help prepare athletes under common but differing circumstances.

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Additional Information: ** From MDPI via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: eissn 2076-3417 **History: published 12-11-2021; accepted 21-10-2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical fitness, boxing, MMA, physiology, strength and conditioning, performance, exercise
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/app112210658
SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2021 11:38
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 11:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29329

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