Effects of a 10-Week Introductory Judo Course on Postural Control During a Bilateral Reactionary Gripping Task

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This study examined the effect of a 10-week introductory judo course on postural control during a bilateral reactionary gripping task using different stance conditions. A total of 20 volunteers were divided into experimental (JDO) and control (CON) groups. Countermovement jump was measured and center of pressure variables were evaluated while performing a bilateral reactionary gripping task under different stance conditions during pre- and posttesting. No interactions were observed for the center of pressure variables (p > .05), while both countermovement jump power (+165.4 W; p = .036) and height (+3.5 cm; p = .018) significantly improved in the JDO group following the 10-week course. Results indicate that 10 weeks of an introductory judo course has no effect on postural control while performing a bilateral reactionary gripping task using different stance conditions.

Muddle, Fukuda, Wang, Riffe, Church, Beyer, Hoffman, and Stout are with the Sport and Exercise Science Program and the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Wellness, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

Address author correspondence to David H. Fukuda at David.Fukuda@ucf.edu.
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