Time-motion analysis of elite male kickboxing competition

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Notational analysis, Time structure, Combat sports, Weight categories, Combat period




The objective of the study was to analyze the time structure of high-level kickboxing matches. A total of 45 combats from 2 male World Championships were monitored using a time-motion analysis system. The combat time structure (i.e., high-intensity activity [HIA], low-intensity activity [LIA], and referee breaks or pauses) during competition and weight divisions was determined and compared. Results indicated that the time structures were HIA: 2.2 +/- 1.2 seconds; LIA: 2.3 +/- 0.8 seconds; pauses: 5.4 +/- 4.3 seconds; and 3.4 +/- 1.2 seconds between 2 subsequent HIA. The fighting to nonfighting ratio was found to be 1:1. Moreover, the number of HIA and LIA and the time of LIA decreased in latter rounds (e.g., the average number of HIA was 27.1 +/- 7.1, 25.1 +/- 6.6, and 24.9 +/- 6.1, respectively, for rounds 1, 2, and 3), meanwhile the time and number of pauses increased (e.g., the average pause times were 12.8 +/- 11.4, 22.3 +/- 22.6, and 24.6 +/- 23.3 seconds, respectively, for rounds 1, 2, and 3). The activity times did not differ among weight categories. The present results confirm the intermittent nature of kickboxing competition and provide coaches with more information on how to structure training sessions to mimic the physical demands in competition.

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Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research

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