Biol Sport 2021 Sep 24;38(3):351-357. Epub 2020 Oct 24.
Well-move Research Group, University of Vigo, Spain.
To provide information regarding the anthropometric and fitness profile of young karatekas and to study its evolution with age. Data from top-level karatekas were included in the analysis: 97 athletes in the U14 category (12-13 years old), 238 in cadet (14-15 years old), 261 in junior (16-17 years old) and 177 in U21 (18-20 years old), which makes a total of 773 athlete data sets. Karatekas underwent anthropometric (weight, height, body mass index and body fat percentage) and fitness (sit and reach, 20-m shuttle run, standing long jump, overhead 3-kg ball throw, 10x5-m shuttle run, and plate-tapping) assessments during the training camps organized by the Spanish National Karate Federation between 1999 and 2016. Read More