Sports anthropological comparison between male martial arts fighters and the students majoring in physical education

Christoph Krick, Christoph Raschka

Abstract


The goal of the present study is to present the differences in the body composition of male Muay Thai fighters and the students majoring in physical education. The students majoring in physical education served as a control group.
The two groups (Muay Thai fighters and the students majoring in physical education) were divided into four groups: Experienced Muay Thai fighters and less experienced Muay Thai fighters as well as experienced students majoring in physical education and less experienced students majoring in physical education. The definition for “experienced” has been used when someone was engaged in sports longer than 10 hours a week.
All the measurements of this study have been taken under the standardized measurement procedure by the author of this study. The results have been statistically analyzed with the program SPSS.
The study shows that the experienced Muay Thai fighters are significantly smaller (the average body height of 177. 2 cm) than the experienced students majoring in physical education (the average body height 184.1).
Other data in the study which used the methods developed by Conrad, Knussmann, Parnell and Heath and Carter show that, while the experienced Muay Thai fighters are significantly smaller than the other participants, they are nonetheless better trained (more muscle tissue) than their counterparts.

Keywords


sports anthropology; Muay Thai; martial arts; body composition; somatotype

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.12697/poa.2012.21.12

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ISSN 1406-0140 (print)
ISSN 1736-7646 (online)
Journal DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12697/issn1406-0140