Physical Performance and Cardiopulmonary Function After 12 Weeks Uchikomi Training with Hand and Leg Weight load Program in Thai Judo Athletes

  • Nattawut Posrikaew Student, Doctor of Philosophy Program in Exercise and Sport Science, Graduate School,,Khon Kaen University,Thailand
  • Tunda Suttitum Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University,Thailand
  • Phoramate Wongputthichai Department of physical education, Faculty of Education, Phetchabun Rajabhat University,Thailand
  • Somsri Panphunpho Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sports and Health Science, Institute of Physical Education Phetchabun,Thailand
  • Teera Piwngern Department of Thai traditional Medicine, Faculty of Natural Resources,RajamangalaUniversity of Technology Isan Sakonnakhon Campus
Keywords: Uchikomi training program, Physical performance, Cardiopulmonary function


Judo is a popular martial arts style and Olympic sport with a rich, though relatively recent history. Beyond being a popular martial art, judo is also a combat sport. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of 12 weeks Uchikomi training with hand and leg weight load program (UTP) on physical performance  and cardiopulmonary function in Thai Judo athletes. In Uchikomi training group (UTG; n= 18), subjects are trained by using  normal Judo training program (NJTP) 2 days / week including with the UTP 50 minutes / session (10 minutes warm up, 30 minutes UTP for 60-80% of  HRmax, 10 minutes cool down) 3 days / week in consecutive 12 weeks. Subjects in control group (CG; n = 17) were practiced only NJTP.  Results of  baseline characteristics showed no significantly difference in CG. While, in UTG were shown decrease significantly difference in percentage of total body fat, waist circumference (WC), hip circumference (HC), and heart rate (HR). The results of physical performance and data of cardiopulmonary function test showed improve highly significant difference (p<0.001) within UTG, but not within CG when they were compared at week 1, week 7 and week 14. This study shows that UTP is a new Judo training exercise model to be suitable for improvement physical performance and cardiopulmonary function in Thai Judo athletes.


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