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Title: The energetics of amateur boxing
Author: Davis, Philip
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2012
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Research into amateur boxing has previously been based on data of selected technical elements rather than all fighting actions, or physiological acute responses without the corresponding information on fighting activities. Detailed research is needed to improve the sport and the preparation of its participants. This series of studies discovers what an amateur 3 x 2 min boxing bout is comprised of and the physiological demands it places on boxers. A bout includes 131 ± 31 punches, 30 ± 20 defensive movements and 231 ± 58 vertical hip movements. The most successful boxing strategy to land punches is a high frequency of straight lead hand punches to the head. However, triple punch combinations have the highest probability of being counted by judges as a landed punch whether they land or not. The overall metabolism of a simulated bout is supplied aerobically with a Wtot of 564 kJ and fractions of aerobic, anaerobic alactic and anaerobic lactic sources of 72, 23 and 5 % respectively. The metabolic demands of a full-contact bout are similar to the simulated bout with a Wtot of 603 kJ and fractions of aerobic, anaerobic alactic and anaerobic lactic sources of 70, 23 and 7 % respectively. To achieve this metabolic profile the novice boxers in this series of studies had an aerobic capacity similar to elite amateur boxers (60 ml-kg-l-min-1) and the ability to tolerate a lactate production rate of ~ 2.0 mmol.l-1.min-l. This thesis has shown that it is possible to create an accurate and reliable simulation for full- contact amateur boxing bouts. In doing so we discovered that landing punches is not the only strategy to win a bout. Furthermore, this thesis has turned previous speculation of the energetics of amateur boxing being 80 % anaerobic on its head.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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