Obama to Host Sports Concussion Summit

By Dina Fine Maron | Scientific American | May 28, 2014

“Pres. Barack Obama has his head in the game—that game being football. And soccer. And actually any sport that fuels an elevated risk of head injury, as will be the focus of a summit set for Thursday on sports concussions. The gathering of some 200 sports officials, clinicians, parents, coaches, school officials and youth athletes will feature discussions on how to address head injuries in youth sports as well as new biomedical findings on youth concussions. The meeting comes after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council last fall released a report on sports-related concussions, laying out significant gaps in concussion research and highlighting a concerning paucity of information on concussions in youth athletes. … The conference, “Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit,” is set against a backdrop of mounting concerns about the health impacts of sports-related head injuries, especially among children. A new report published in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this month found that head injuries led an estimated 2.5 million people to visit a U.S. emergency room in 2010, and about one third of the cases were children. …”

“… The IOM report had also pointed out that there continues to be no good data set on youth concussion rates or way to conduct good regular surveillance in this area. To that end, the White House will announce that the University of California, Los Angeles, will launch a $10-million effort that will support initial research informing the development of a future national surveillance system that would contain accurate figures about the incidence of youth sports–related concussions. …”

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Effects of varied modalities of resistance and plyometric training and yogic practices on anaerobic power among Taekwondo competitors

International Journal of Recent Scientific Research, Vol. 5, Issue, 3, pp.694-696, March, 2014.

1Chakravarthi, M, 2Pitchaiappa, T

1Department of Physical Education, Karpagam University, Coimbatore
2M.R. College of Physical Education, Thathanur, Udayarpalayam, Ariyalur

“The purpose of the study is to find out the effect of varied modalities of resistance and plyometric training and yogic practices on anaerobic power among taekwondo competitors. Sixty (60) male taekwondo athletes were selected from Sreenivasa college of Arts and Science, perambalur, Tamil Nadu. These subjects were classified as Group I underwent resistance training with yogic practices programme (RTYP) and Group II underwent plyometric training with yogic practices programme (PTYP) and Group III act as a control group who did not undergo any above mentioned special training programme. Anaerobic power was selected as criterion variable and measured through Margaria-Kalamen power test. RTYP and PTYP underwent respective training for 12 weeks. The result of the study showed that resistance and yoga practices and plyometric and yoga practices significantly improved anaerobic power of taekwondo competitors. It is concluded that both the resistance training with yogic practice group and plyometric training with yogic practice group was a better tool to improve the anaerobic power among college taekwondo competitors. In comparison resistance training with yogic practice improved better than the plyometric training with yogic practice.”

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Asylum seeker claims top taekwondo prize

Parramatta Sun | May 27, 2014

“Mr Shirvani lives with his wife and baby daughter in South Wentworthville. The family fled Iran about a year ago and is awaiting the outcome of their assessments for refugee status. This means Mr Shirvani is unable to work and has limited access to the training resources that other taekwondo competitors could afford. … But this didn’t stop him winning a gold medal in the open men’s 80 to 87 kilogram black belt category at the State Championships on May 11. … Mr Shirvani is no stranger to success in taekwondo. The sport is much more popular in Iran, where there is a professional league of taekwondo. Mr Shirvani said he was a top-five contender in the country’s professional competition for 10 years. He won several national tournaments, he said, and qualified for international events but was never allowed to leave Iran. … Now in Australia, he hopes to pass on the skills he has learned over 30 years of training and coaching in the sport. …”

“… SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said Mr Shirvani had shown a desire to give back to his new community. … ‘Mr Shirvani desperately wants to help other people who share his passion for taekwondo by passing on his knowledge and skills,’ she said. …”

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Iran wins Asian Taekwondo Championships

Press TV | Wed May 28, 2014

“Iranian men’s taekwondo team has been crowned as the champion of the 2014 Asian Taekwondo Championships held in Uzbekistan. … The Iranian team won the title on Wednesday after claiming three gold, two silver and a bronze medal in the 21st Asian event in Tashkent. …”

“…Iran also won the Asian title in 2008 and 2010. … The 21st Asian Taekwondo Championships opened in Tashkent on May 25, attracting 542 athletes from 34 countries. … On May 25, Iran’s poomsae team also stood on top of the podium at the Asian event with five gold, three silver and three bronze medals. …”

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Jade Jones: I had to grow up much faster after winning London 2012 gold

By Anna Kessel | The Guardian | Friday 25 April 2014

“Jade Jones was a fresh-faced teenager when she became the first Briton to win Olympic gold in taekwondo, at London 2012. Despite competing in a sport that rarely received national media coverage, she saw her profile rocket overnight and the girl who “liked kicking people in the head” found herself appearing on the Jonathan Ross Show, and suddenly recognised in the street. … ‘People kept coming up to me and their little kids would show me their kicks,’ says the 21-year-old, whose recent grand prix victories in Dubai and Holland have propelled her to world No1 status. ‘Sometimes people would just walk up to me and say: ‘Can you kick me in the head?’ I’d be like: ‘No!’…”

“… One major development since 2012 has been the size of the fighters. While Jones, at 5ft 7in, had always been considered one of the taller competitors, she is now dwarfed by such rivals as Eva Calvo Gómez of Spain, one of her key opponents at the European Championships in Azerbaijan next week. Gómez, currently ranked sixth in the world but holding the upper hand over Jones in recent head-to-head results, is a tough competitor. ‘She’s beat me twice now,’ says Jones. “If I get her it will be in the final. … ‘I’m really motivated to beat her up,’ Jones adds, only half-joking. ‘She does the new style of taekwondo, the gangly, tall people thing. She’s not strong, she’s just dead awkward, and because her legs are so long when I’m getting into her distance she’s already scoring on me. But I’ve got a good plan this time so hopefully all the hard work in training will pay off. I’ll keep it a secret for now, just in case she finds out.’ …”

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The influence of kihap on the impact of Dolio-chagui kicks in taekwondo

Motriz: rev. educ. fis. vol.20 no.1 Rio Claro Feb./Mar. 2014

Rodrigo Dias Martins, Debora Cantergi, Jefferson Fagundes Loss

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul at Porto Alegre, Brazil

“The kihap is a technique used in several oriental martial arts. It is a yell used by practitioners with the expectation of enhancing the force of a hit. However, the real effect of using the kihap is unknown. Therefore, this study aims to compare the peak of acceleration of the Dolio-chagui kick in taekwondo performed with and without the use of kihap. Twenty two experienced taekwondo practitioners performed 30 kicks each against a punching bag, alternating in random order with and without kihap, while the acceleration of the punching bag was measured. A t-test was used to compare the difference between the mean acceleration in both conditions. Higher values were found with the use of kihap (7.8 ± 2.8 g) than without the use of kihap (7.1 ± 2.4 g), p < 0.01, r = 0.57. The results indicate that kihap enhances the impact of the kick.”

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