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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Body composition and aerobic capacity of judokas and controls: A comparative study

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Author Details: Jayasudha K,Veeresh Itagi*

Volume : 6

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 126

Article End Page : 129


Introduction: Anthropometric parameters of judo players play an important role for success in combats. Aerobic capacity is significant in terms of optimal use of the judoka’s system and timely recovery process. Study was undertaken with objective to compare body build and aerobic capacity of judokas with untrained peers and understand changes in judokas due to training.
Materials and Methods: Judo players (n=31) with minimum 3 years of training and who were in regular practice were included and compared with age matched medical students (n=31). Students who practice regular exercise regime were excluded. Anthropometric parameters were measured in terms of weight, height body mass index, seven site body circumferences, seven site skin fold thickness. Body fat percentage was further calculated as per standard formula. VO2max or the aerobic capacity was determined by using treadmill and following Bruce protocol.
Results and Discussion: Control group showed significantly higher values for Skinfold thickness, body density and body fat % than judo group. Mean value of circumference of upper limb was more in judo players group. VO2max was more for Judo group 63.9ml/ kg/ min, than control 48.9ml/kg/min.
Conclusion: The results of the study can be utilised as a means to understand the different physiological changes due to training in a player and also to optimise and upgrade the training regime so as to achieve best performance in the judo players.

Keywords: Judo, VO2Max, Anthropometry, Body fat, Skinfold thickness.

Doi :-https://doi.org/10.18231/2394-2126.2019.0029