Is frequency speed of kick test responsive to training? A study with taekwondo athletes
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the frequency speed of kick test (FSKT) responsiveness to 9 weeks of taekwondo-specific training. Eight black-belt taekwondo athletes (mean and standard deviation; body mass: 74 ± 15 kg; height: 178 ± 9 cm; age: 24 ± 4 years; practice time: 12 ± 6 years), volunteered to participate. Each athlete performed the 10 s version of the test (FSKT10s) and five sets of 10 s with 10 s intervals (FSKTmult) pre and post 9 weeks of taekwondo training. There were increased (p < 0.05) performance in the FSKT10s (number kicks pre vs post: 20 ± 1 vs 21 ± 2) and in the FSKTmult variables (number kicks pre vs post: FSKT1: 20 ± 1 vs 23 ± 2; FSKT2: 19 ± 2 vs 22 ± 2; FSKT3: 18 ± 2 vs 21 ± 2; FSKT4: 17 ± 2 vs 21 ± 2; FSKT5: 17 ± 2 vs 20 ± 2; FSKTtotal: 90 ± 9 vs 107 ± 10). In conclusion, FSKT is responsive and sensible to short-term taekwondo training and can be applied by coaches to monitor sport-specific performance.
KeywordsCombat sport Martial arts Evaluation Measurement Sport-specific test
Frequency speed of kick test
Smallest worthwhile change
- 95 % CI
95 % confidence interval
All taekwondo athletes who participated in this study and their coaches.
Compliance with ethical standards
Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures were approved by the institutional ethic review board.
All subjects signed a written informed consent form.
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