What is it about?

The main objective of this work was to study the differences in biomechanical performance between young adults and older adults who practice karate.

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Why is it important?

Aging has been shown to be accompanied by loss of physical capacity, however, little has been studied what happens when athletes continue to have a regular practice. Martial arts practitioners, particularly Karate, are a good example of sports whose practitioners continue their lifelong practice, and these are known to be the technical reference of the sport. Hence, some questions arise: Do these practitioners also lose their abilities or, on the contrary, maintain good levels of performance?


This study has provided more information about what happens to practitioners who continue to perform regular sports with a focus on performance.

Professor Marco Branco
Sport Science School of Rio Maior, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém

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This page is a summary of: Effect of Aging on the Lower Limb Kinematics in Karate Practitioners: Comparing Athletes and Their Senseis, Journal of Healthcare Engineering, June 2019, Hindawi Publishing Corporation,
DOI: 10.1155/2019/2672185.
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