The quest of making TaeKwonDo safer

By Dr. Zibby Kruk   |   |   August 20, 2014

An interview with Professor Gabriel P. Fife, Co-Director of IHISL

“Headgear provides an important protection for your brain, especially in martial arts training and competition. The dangers of not wearing a headgear are always present, even in just daily simple sparring in your dojang.… Read the rest

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.… Read the rest

Video analysis of blows to the head and face at the 1999 World Taekwondo Championships

J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2002 Sep;42(3):348-53.

Koh JO1Watkinson EJ

1Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. [email protected]

Limited research has been done on head blows that may result in mild traumatic brain injury in Taekwondo.… Read the rest

Diminished impact attenuation properties of taekwondo and boxing headgear

Br J Sports Med. 2014 Apr;48(7):652. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-093494.246.

Pieter W1O’Sullivan D2Fife G2

1Keimyung University, Daegu, South, Korea
2Chung-Ang University, Anseong, South, Korea

BACKGROUND: Only one study reported the impact attenuation of taekwondo headgear.… Read the rest

Biomechanics of Head Injury in Olympic Taekwondo and Boxing

Biology of Sport 2013; 30(4):263-268. ICID: 1077551.

Gabriel P Fife1,2, David O’Sullivan2, Willy Pieter3

1Department of Physical Education, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2Department of Physical Education, Chung-Ang University, Anseong, Republic of Korea
3Department of Taekwondo, Keimyung University, Daegu, Republic of Korea

“OBJECTIVE: The purpose was to examine differences between taekwondo kicks and boxing punches in resultant linear head acceleration (RLA), head injury criterion (HIC15), peak head velocity, and peak foot and fist velocities.… Read the rest