Akitoshi Sogabe1, Kiyoshi Maehara2, Susumu Iwasaki3, Katarzyna Sterkowicz-Przybycień4, Taketo Sasaki5, Stanislaw Sterkowicz6
1Education and Research Center for Sport and Health, Konan University, Kobe, Japan
2Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, Tsukuba University, Tsukuba, Japan
3Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kansas, Kansas, USA
4Department of Gymnastics and Dance, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of Physical Education in Krakow, Poland
5Faculty of Human Development and Culture, Fukushima University, Fukushima, Japan
6Department of Theory of Sport and Kinesiology, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of Physical Education in Krakow, Poland
Background and Study Aim. Since 1995 (Sterkowicz), Special Judo Fitness Test (SJFT) has been validated and is widely used in order to measure Judo competitors? Judo specific stamina. The purpose of this study was the knowledge about the correlation between the SJFT and the USRT (Uchikomi Shuttle Run Test that integrates Judo specific movements into shuttle run test) in order to seek for a possibility to employ the method practically at physical education class settings in Japan for examining Judo specific abilities.
Material and Methods. Eighteen Judo competitors (means and SD: age = 20.3?1.2; height: 171.6?6.2cm; weight: 76.2?12.2kg) volunteered to complete both the SJFT and USRT. We specifically measured frequencies of the USRT and calculated the indices for SJFT. The USRT involves a 10m interval with one uke and another uke. First, a tori sets in the middle of the interval and reach to lift one uke and another, respectively and repeatedly (the tori has to ippon seoi nage, at least lift the uke). A tori attempts to accurately synchronize the beep sounds that starts at the speed of 17km per hour and increases 1km per hour in thirty seconds. A point the tori fails to follow the beeping tempo is the end. We counted the frequencies that the tori did ippon seoi nages within the time.
Results. Pearson correlation analysis revealed that the frequencies of USRT were significantly associated with the index of SJFT (r = ?0.56; p = 0.015).
Conclusions. The results indicated that the USRT is a possible measure that can evaluate a combined abilities of physical education students? Judo specific and general endurance capacities.
Keywords: performance test ? science of martal arts ? training
Published online: 17 September 2015
Copyright: ? 2015 the Authors. Published by Archives of Budo
Contributors: Akitoshi Sogabe, Katarzyna Sterkowicz-Przybycień, Taketo Sasaki, Stanislaw Sterkowicz conceived the study design. Akitoshi Sogabe, Kiyoshi Maehara collected the data. Akitoshi Sogabe, Susumu Iwasaki, Katarzyna Sterkowicz-Przybycień, Taketo Sasaki, Stanislaw Sterkowicz analysed the data. Akitoshi Sogabe, Katarzyna Sterkowicz-Przybycień, Taketo Sasaki, Stanislaw Sterkowicz prepared the manuscript. Akitoshi Sogabe, Kiyoshi Maehara, Susumu Iwasaki, Katarzyna Sterkowicz-Przybycień, Taketo Sasaki, Stanislaw Sterkowicz secured the funding.
Conflict of interest: Authors have declared that no competing interest exists
Ethical approval: approved by the Local Ethical Committee Provenance and peer review: Under responsibility of HMA Congress
Corresponding author: Akitoshi Sogabe, Education and Research Center for Sport and Health Science, Konan University 9-4 Koyo-cho naka Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658-0032, Japan; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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