The effect of a 4-week core strengthening program on determinants of wrestling performance in junior Greco-Roman wrestlers: a randomized controlled trial

Dehnou, Vahid Valipour, Azadi, Sajad, Gahreman, Daniel, and Doma, Kenji (2020) The effect of a 4-week core strengthening program on determinants of wrestling performance in junior Greco-Roman wrestlers: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 33 (3). pp. 423-430.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Core-strength is vital for Greco-Roman wrestling, although studies have yet to establish the effectives of core-specific training in this sport.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of core-specific strength training on determinants of Greco-Roman wrestling performance in elite junior athletes.

METHODS: Twenty state-level, junior, Greco-Roman wrestlers were randomized into a core-specific training group (COR; n = 12) and a control group (CON; n = 8). The COR group undertook a 4-week, core-specific training program concurrently with their typical training program, whilst the CON group completed 4 weeks of typical training only. Both groups completed overhead medicine ball throw (OMBT), Suplexes, bridges and medicine ball chest throw (MBCT) prior to and following the intervention.

RESULTS: The COR group demonstrated significantly greater improvement in bridges (p = 0.037; F = 5.046) and OMBT (p < 0.001; F = 26.43) than the CON group, with moderate to large between-group effect sizes (ES = 0.79-2.35). In addition, the effect size calculations were moderate-to-large (0.79-0.87) for Suplex and MBCT, with measures for the COR group greater than the CON group.

CONCLUSION: Accordingly, core-specific training programs should be combined with wrestling-specific conditioning programs to improve back and hip extensor performance in junior Greco-Roman wrestlers.

Item ID: 63759
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1878-6324
Keywords: Muscle strength, physical conditioning, martial arts, injury risk
Copyright Information: © 2020 – IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2020 07:30
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420701 Biomechanics @ 50%
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