Hormonal responses to taekwondo fighting simulation versus conventional resistance exercise in young elite taekwondo athletes

Academic Article


  • Background and Study Aim: Material and Methods: Taekwondo, including martial art competitions, involve explosive and quick movements of the lower extremities and thus, require a high contribution of the anaerobic energy system. Previous findings indicate preferential use of anaerobic or lactic acid system in taekwondo including martial art competitions. The aim of this study was the knowledge about hormonal such as insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), testosterone and cortisol responses between taekwondo fighting simulation (TFS) and traditional resistance exercise (RE) in elite taekwondo athletes. Eight Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps taekwondo athletes participated in our randomized cross-over study, during three separate visits by a period of 7 days. Visit 1: measured of 1 repetition-maximum and given informed; visit 2 and visit 3: 1) 2 sets of 8-reptition maximum each of squat, hip-abduction and leg-extension exercises or 2) a TFS similar to a real taekwondo match consisting of 3 rounds of 2 minutes were undertaken by the participants. Blood samples were taken to determine insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), testosterone and cortisol concentrations during pre exercise, immediate post exercise, and 15 minutes post exercise. Results: IGF-1 concentration was greater at immediate post-exercise than pre exercise (p = 0.02) and post-15m (p = 0.003) after TFS, but any significant change was not detected after RE. Cortisol concentration was lower at immediate post-exercise than pre-(p = 0.006) and at post-15m than pre-(p = 0.014) after RE, but any significant change was not detected after TFS. Testosterone concentration was greater at immediate post exercise than pre-(p = 0.003) and reduced at post-15 minutes than immediate post exercise (p = 0.002) in the both type of exercise. Conclusion: Taekwondo competition affects hormonal response is similar to after resistance training in elite taekwondo athletes. Future studies are required to compare the hormonal responses by setting the same energy consumption of TFS and RE. It is also important to study the differences in hormone changes with respect to physical abilities of individuals.
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  • Archives of Budo  Journal
  • Author List

  • Kim E; Singh H; Oh H; Kim JH; Kim Y; Lim ST; Kim B
  • Start Page

  • 75
  • End Page

  • 82
  • Volume

  • 15