Strength and Conditioning Considerations for Mixed Martial Arts

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Bounty, Paul, Campbell, Bill, Galvan, Elfego, Cooke, Matthew and Antonio, Jose (2011) Strength and Conditioning Considerations for Mixed Martial Arts. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 33 (1). pp. 56-67. ISSN 1524-1602 (print) 1533-4295 (online)


Mixed martial arts (MMA) is an exciting and complex sport that combines the techniques of boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, and various grappling disciplines such as Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. MMA is a physiologically demanding sport. It can potentially challenge and tax all of the energy systems, and the possibility of overreaching/overtraining is a concern. To date, there is limited peer-reviewed research examining the optimal training methods for an athlete competing in MMA. The purpose of this review is to discuss some of the available peer-reviewed research surrounding this sport and provide general considerations for the strength and conditioning specialists.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182044304
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Keywords ResPubID21798, mixed martial arts, combat sports, strength, conditioning, performance
Citations in Scopus 57 - View on Scopus
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