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Special judo fitness test – a review


Drid Patrik, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad


Judo has been characterized as a high-intensity intermittent combat sport, consisting of many different techniques and actions employed during a match. In judo, diagnostics is performed to gain information in talent identification and selection, to define athletes' current fitness condition, and to monitor training effects. The aim of this paper was to provide an overview of a specific test that is commonly used in judo to evaluate judo-specific performance. Pub med and Web of Science were screened (last search on October 1st 2012) using the following keywords: (Special Judo Fitness Test) and (SJFT). For this purpose, articles, titles and abstracts were screened for relevance. The SJFT showed reliability with a low measurement error, applicability and sensitivity for training monitoring even with high level (elite) judokas. Furthermore, this test identified differences between judokas of various fitness levels, and highly correlated to well-controlled laboratory tests; it was also relevant to attacks during a judo match. As a result of the material collected and presented here, the SJFT was considered as an adequate and comprehensive testing tool in all levels of judo practitioners as well as in athletes doing sports similar to judo.


SJFT, judo, diagnostics, evaluation

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