2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Power Output in a Dominant Leg Roundhouse Kick as Compared with Power Output in a Dominant Leg Push Kick
David E. Howell
Dr. Michael Bird, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to explore the correlation of power output in a dominant leg round house kick and power output of a dominant leg push kick. Each of the seven participants struck a 100lb heavy bag five times with a dominant leg roundhouse and three times with a dominant leg push kick while being recorded on video. (Panasonic 60Hz, 1/250 high speed shutter) The participant’s best trial for each movement was analyzed with a Peak Motus system. The power produced in each kick was evaluated based on bag motion. Data was analyzed using paired samples T-tests. The push kick had significantly more power and bag velocity than the roundhouse kick (p<0.01). While the kicks have different purposes within the martial arts, it is clear that the mechanical product is greater with the push kick.

Keywords: Roundhouse, Push Kick, Power

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 7-16
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15

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