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Research into different aspects of martial arts equipment.

Mouthguards

Perception of Nigerian athletes of the use of mouth guards to prevent the stresses of sports injury.
O. Adegbesan and C. Onyeaso
British Journal of Sports Medicine 2004; 38:685-689

The perception of Nigerian athletes of the use of mouth guards to prevent the stresses of sports injuries was examined using psychological, sociological, and physical stress variables.

The results from the measurement of 333 random participant revealed that female athletes perceived the use of mouth guards as being more important to prevent the stresses of sports injuries than male athletes, while athletes who had used mouth guards for longer periods also perceived them as being more important to prevent the stresses of sports injuries compared to those who had used them less. The result also revealed a significant difference among the various sport groups as independent variables on the psychological and physical stress variables.

Conclusions. The study concluded that since the impact of injury is perceived to affect the cognitive function of athletes, athletes should be educated on the use of mouth guards to reduce the incidence of oral and dental injuries to the barest minimum.

Judo exercise machine

The progress achieved by judokas after strength training with a judo-specific machine.
L. Blais and F. Trilles
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2006) 5 (CSSI), 132 - 135

For judo players, as in many sports activities, strength development has become an important element of performance. However, this should not be done separately from the development of technique. Specific strength training is thus used for the controlled strengthening of specific muscles or muscle groups, corresponding to the movement in a competitive situation. In line with this, the use of a judo specific apparatus is proposed. The aim of this study is to analyze the progress of a group of judokas after a training program with the apparatus.

Conclusions. The results have shown that with using the apparatus, the heaviest weight achieved using the throwing technique is greater. In addition, the judokas' technique improves because of this training program. Therefore, this judo specific apparatus could be used to complement traditional judo training.

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