Krkeljas, Z and Kovac, D.Relationship between functional movement screen, athletic and karate performance in adolescents. In review. March 2017
In young athletes, physical and athletic screening is important to assess the balance between a skill-specific and physical development, especially in combat sports with high technical requirements. The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the relationship between functional movement, physical performance, and karate specific performance in adolescent athletes. Karate techniques, athletic performance and functional movement screen were evaluated on 20 karate practitioners between 10 and 15 years of age (age = 12.2 ± 1.9 years, height = 155.5 ± 16.5 cm, weight = 48.6 ± 19.5 kg). Correlation analysis was used to determine the association between the various tests. The data shows moderate-to-strong correlations between deep squat, hurdle step, and push-up tests with selected karate techniques (r = 0.43 to -0.61), while other functional tests were not significantly related. The number of sit-ups and the vertical jump showed moderate-to-high correlation with most karate techniques (r = -0.40 to -0.69). As the relationship between push-ups, sit-ups, and vertical jump with karate performance were not affected by age, these tests may be incorporated into karate training programs for young athletes. Similarly, the selective tests from the FMSTM screen may also be used as a screening tool in young karateka.
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Kovac, D, Krkeljas, Z and Venter, R. Effect of 6-week intervention on functional movement performance in female netball players.
Kovac, D, Krkeljas, Z and Venter, R. Relationship of functional movement screen and athletic performance in female netball players.