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Medicina dello Sport 2010 June;63(2):153-66

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language: English, Italian

Control of balance during execution of the circular kick in karate (Mawashi geri)

Aschieri P. L. 1, Baratto M. 2, Cervera C. 2, Gallamini M. 2, Lino A. 3, Navarra S. 2

1 University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy 2 Medical Divison RGM SpA, Italy 3 FIJLKAM, Ostia Lido, Roma, Italy


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The aim of this study was to test for differences in control of balance during the execution of the circular kick (mawashi geri) executed in two different ways. Twenty-two elite athletes in two karate specialties (kumite – sparring; kata – form) were asked to execute the preparatory phase of delivering the circular kick starting from the guard position and to maintain this position with eyes closed and the supporting leg (left and right) either stretched or slightly bent. Posturographic analysis confirmed greater efficiency/efficacy of the movement with the supporting leg slightly bent in all subjects and brought to light numerous other considerations.

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