Effect of Muay-Thai Functional Training Program on Physical Fitness and Muay-Thai Skills: A Pilot Study
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Purpose: This research aims to study the effects of Muaythai functional training on physical fitness and Muaythai skills
Methods: Sample of this study is 20 Muaythai boxers ages between 19-25 years old. They were divided into two groups: experimental group (n = 10) and control group (n = 10). The experimental group was trained by Muaythai functional training program combine with regular training 3 days a week for 8 weeks. Whereas the control group was trained by regular program of boxing camp only. After 4 and 8 weeks of training, physical fitness and Muaythai skills were tested, data collected, and measured by statistical analysis. Data were presented as mean and standard deviation, compare between group by independent sample T-test and One-way ANOVA with repeated measures, Compare the difference between pair with Tukey test. A level of significant was set at p-value < 0.05.
Result: After 8 weeks of training, the experimental group had a great improvement in physical fitness : arms and legs strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, agility and Muaythai skills: Diagonal kick, Diagonal knee, Push-kick, Straight punch. (a level of significant was set at p-value < 0.05.)
Conclusion: The Muaythai functional training program helped Muaythai boxer to improve physical fitness and amount of Muaythai skills using.