Validity and Reliability of a New Karate-Specific Aerobic Field Test for Karatekas

in International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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This study determined the validity and reliability of a new specific field test that was based on the scientific data from the latest research.


Seventeen international-level karatekas participated in the study: 14 men (age 24.1 ± 4.6 y, body mass 65.7 ± 10.8 kg) and 3 women (age 19 ± 3.6 y, body mass 54.1 ± 0.9 kg). All performed the new karate-specific test (KST) 2 times (test and retest sessions were carried out on separated occasions 1 wk apart). Thirteen men also performed a laboratory test to assess maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max).


Test–retest results showed the KST to be reliable. Peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak), peak heart rate (HRpeak), blood lactate concentration, rating of perceived exertion, and time to exhaustion (TE) did not display a difference between the test and the retest. The SEM and ICC for relative and absolute VO2peak and TE were <5% and >.90, respectively. Significant correlations were found between VO2peak (mL · kg−1 · min−1) and TE measured from the KST (r = .71, 95%CI 0.35–0.88, P < .0001). There was also no significant difference between VO2peak measured from the KST and VO2max recorded from the cycle-ergometer laboratory test (55.1 ± 4.8 vs 53.2 ± 6.6 mL · kg−1 · min−1, respectively; t = –1.85, df = 12, P = .08, dz = 0.51 [small]). The Bland and Altman analyses reported a mean difference (bias) ± the 95% limits of agreement of 1.9 ± 7.35 mL · kg−1 · min−1.


This study showed that the new KST test, with effort patterns replicating real karate combat sessions, can be considered a valid and reliable karate-specific field test for assessing karatekas’ endurance fitness.

Tabben, Coquart, and Tourny are with the Center for the Study of Physical and Sports Activities Transformations (CETAPS EA 3832), University of Rouen, Mont Saint Aignan, France. Chaabène is with the Tunisian Research Laboratory “Sports Performance Optimization,” National Center of Medicine and Science in Sports, Tunis, Tunisia. Franchini is with the School of Physical Education and Sport, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. Chamari is with the Athlete Health and Performance Research Center ASPETAR, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar. Address author correspondence to Montassar Tabben at