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Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Research Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 4 Issue: 3

A Comparative Study of Specific Reaction Time in Elite Boxers: Differences between Jabs and Crosses

Irineu Loturco1*, Emerson Franchini2, Cesar Cavinato Cal Abad2, Ronaldo Kobal2, Saulo Gil2, Felipe Romano4, Lucas A Pereira2, Carlos Ugrinowitsch3 and Cleiton A Libardi6
1NAR - Nucleus of High Performance in Sport, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2Martial Arts and Combat Sports Research Group, School of Physical Education and Sport, University of São Paulo, SP, Brazil
3School of Physical Education and Sport, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
4Brazilian Boxing Confederation, Brazil
5Department of Physical Education, Center of Biological and Health Sciences, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, SP, Brazil
Corresponding author : Irineu Loturco
NAR - Nucleus of High Performance in Sport, São Paulo, SP, 05686-001, Brazil
Tel: +55-11-3758-0918
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: January 01, 2015 Accepted: July 25, 2015 Published: July 31, 2015
Citation: Loturco I, Franchini E, Cal Abad CC, Kobal R, Gil S, et al. (2015) A Comparative Study of Specific Reaction Time in Elite Boxers: Differences between Jabs and Crosses. J Athl Enhancement 4:3. doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000199

Abstract

A Comparative Study of Specific Reaction Time in Elite Boxers: Differences between Jabs and Crosses

Objective: Reaction time (RT) is the ability to react to a stimulus in the shortest time possible. Despite its importance in boxing performance, no study has investigated specific RTs in boxers executing different fighting techniques. This study compared the RT presented by elite boxers to perform two types of punches (i.e., jabs and crosses). Methods: Twenty-two athletes, members of the Brazilian national team, were positioned in front of a body opponent bag (BOB). A trigger-light device was positioned behind the BOB and connected to a sensor attached to the athletes’ gloves. After a visual stimulus, the boxers were required to hit the BOB as quickly as possible. Athletes performed ten attempts at each type of punch and the six best results were considered for further analysis. Results: Statistically significant differences were noted between jabs and crosses (p<0.001). Conclusion: Our data indicate that boxers are able to react faster when performing jabs than when performing crosses.

Keywords: Sports training; Fighters; Combat sports; Martial arts; Boxing; Punch; Neuromuscular

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