Amateur boxing events, like other martial arts events, are often conducted over the course of several days, with weigh-ins being conducted on each day of competition. For optimal outcome within the event, it is important that athlete performance is maintained throughout this time.

This study assessed power-related measures of 14 (8 male/6 female) Brazilian international level boxers over the course of a 4-day tournament. Each athlete participated in 3 matches over the 4 days, and following each match countermovement jump, as well as bench press and half squat maximal power were assessed. These power-based assessments were chosen due to the correlation between power generation and success in boxing. Body mass measurements were also taken daily. 

The results of the study showed that these measurements of power remained consistent throughout the course of the event.

This may have implications for coaches and S&C professionals, highlighting the value of monitoring power levels throughout the course of a multi-day event, and also suggesting the utility of event-simulation training sessions, conducted over multiple days, to ensure that the athlete is able to maintain this power output. 

It would have been nice to see these measurements compared with pre-event measures, prior to the weight cut. It would have also been great to see this compared over a larger sample size to see whether maintenance of power levels over the course of a competition was correlated with great success levels. 

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Loturco, Irineu, Michael R. McGuigan, Tomás T. Freitas, Chris Bishop, Pedro E. Alcaraz, Felipe Romano, Mateus Alves, Valter P. Reis, Lucas A. Pereira, and Emerson Franchini. “Variations in the physical performance of Olympic boxers over a four-day national qualifying tournament.” Sports 9, no. 5 (2021): 62.

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Sam Gilbert

Sam Gilbert is a registered physiotherapist with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from Latrobe university (Melbourne, Australia) and a master’s degree in Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) from Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia).

A 3rd Dan black belt in Shinkyokushinkai Karate under the World Karate Organisation (WKO), Sam participated for over 20 years in full contact competition, winning multiple state and national titles, and culminating in a 4th place in the heavyweight division of the Shinkyokushinkai World Cup in 2009.

As the co-founder and clinical director of Club 360, the premier multi-disciplinary health and fitness center in Tokyo, Japan, Sam has combined his practical experience with an in-depth study of sports performance in relation to combat sports, and strives to help other combat athletes reach their full competitive potential, whilst at the same time decreasing injury risk and increasing competition and training potential.

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