Postural control and physiological responses to a simulated match in U-20 judo competitors

Luis Santos, Javier Fernández-Río, Eliseo Iglesias-Soler, Miguel Blanco-Traba, Markus Due Jakobsen, Vicente González-Díez, Emerson Franchini, Carlos Gutiérrez, Xurxo Dopico-Calvo, Eduardo Carballeira-Fernández, William Amonette, Oscar Suman

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The aim was to evaluate the effects of judo combat on the athletes’ postural control (PC) and physiological loading before, during and after a simulated match. Seventeen under-20 regional and national level athletes completed one modified 7-min match. At baseline, during the combat (3rd and 7th minutes) and 2-min post-match centre of pressure (CoP) parameters were assessed. Heart rate (HR), blood lactate (BLa) and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and local RPE (LRPE) were collected. Significant increments were observed in CoP mean positioning and velocity at 3rd and 7th minutes, but the CoP deviation in both axes was unaffected. HR and BLa were elevated at 3rd and 7th minutes, and they remained elevated 2-min post-match. However, CoP returned to baseline 2-min post-match. RPE was elevated at 3rd and 7th minutes and the greatest effort was displayed in the Deltoid and Quadriceps. Thus, one simulated judo match stimulates a significant metabolic response and balance is degraded, with the greatest effects on the anterior–posterior axis and it recovers to baseline level after 2 min of passive rest. The physiological load cannot be regarded as a potential predictor variable of CoP. Overall, a judo match predominantly affects the upper body than the other body parts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-294
Number of pages14
JournalSports Biomechanics
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 3 2020


  • Judoists
  • combat
  • stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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