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Physical and Physiological Characteristics of Judo Athletes: An Update

Faculty of Humanities and Science Education, University of Jaen, Jaen 23071, Spain
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Murcia, Murcia 30720, Spain
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Granada, Granada 18001, Spain
Faculty of Health and Sport Science, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 22002, Spain
Department of Physical and Cultural Education, Hellenic Army Academy, Athens 16673, Greece
Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Nikaia 18450, Greece
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Academic Editor: Eling Douwe de Bruin
Sports 2016, 4(1), 20;
Received: 30 December 2015 / Revised: 2 March 2016 / Accepted: 4 March 2016 / Published: 10 March 2016
Judo competition is characterized structurally by weight category, which raises the importance of physiological control training in judo. The aim of the present review was to examine scientific papers on the physiological profile of the judokas, maintenance or loss of weight, framing issues, such as anthropometric parameters (body fat percentage), heart rate responses to training and combat, maximal oxygen uptake, hematological, biological and hormones indicators. The values shown in this review should be used as a reference for the evaluation of physical fitness and the effectiveness of training programs. Hence, this information is expected to contribute to the development of optimal training interventions aiming to achieve maximum athletic performance and to maintain the health of judokas. View Full-Text
Keywords: anthropometry; evaluation; judo; physiology; training anthropometry; evaluation; judo; physiology; training
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Torres-Luque, G.; Hernández-García, R.; Escobar-Molina, R.; Garatachea, N.; Nikolaidis, P.T. Physical and Physiological Characteristics of Judo Athletes: An Update. Sports 2016, 4, 20.

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