Saturday, October 8, 2011

Head Injuries in Taekwondo: Survey and Biomechanics Approach

Included are two studies by Fife from 2009 and 2010. Both were presented topics at martial art conferences (Copenhagen and Rzesz√≥w) and cover the biomechanics of head injury from two different axe-kicks as well as another study looking at predictors for concussion in elite TKD athletes in Korea.

Fife & Harter_ISTS_2009
Fife et al_WSCCSMA_2010

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Psychological factors of Injury and Dietary Supplementation

This new post of studies by Beis and Ampongan (separate studies) highlight the importance of considering a multifactorial approach to understanding injury characteristics in athletes.

Del Vecchio et al have also included a first time study of real-time kicking analysis of forces produced during competition.

Del Vecchio et al_Biol Sport_2010

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Performance and Injury in Taekwondo by Pieter and Colleagues

Included in this post are four abstracts included in a number of different conferences by Pieter and his colleagues.

Pieter_RCHP_2004 : Anthropometrics and performance determinants
Pieter et al_ISSP_2005 : Mood and injury prediction
Pieter et al_APSSC_2005 : Injury mechanisms in Malaysian athletes
Pieter&Bercades_ISTS_2009 : Strength and kicking in youth athletes

Monday, October 3, 2011

Submit Abstracts or Full Papers to ITRC Website

If members are interested in posting their own or other taekwondo related resesarch papers, please contact the ITRC e-mail at: All documents will be available at the ITRC webpage for easy view

A standard file name format MUST be included for all submissions including a descriptive tag for the work provided. Please follow the following format:


Author Name_Publication Year_Journal Abreviation

File description: Publication title published/presented in Journal Title in the Year


Smith et al_2011_JTKD

Description: The effects of auditory feedback on poomse performance in taekwondo published in the Journal of Taekwondo in 2011

Also, if the abstract or journal article is provided via a file that originally does not include citation information from the publisher, please modify the file to include the correct citation at the bottom of the document as presented in the Aiwa & Pieter abstract:

Aiwa, N. and Pieter, W. (2007), Isokinetic strength characteristics of Malaysian recreational taekwondo athletes, The 1st International Symposium for Taekwondo Studies, Beijing, China, May 16-17.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Conferences of Interest

If you haven't already been informed of some of the upcoming international conferences please take note of the following.  First inline is the International Martial Arts and Combat Sports Scientific Society International Conference in Genova, Italy to be held on June 8th - 10th, 2012. 

Also keep in mind the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport to be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 19-24th 2012 just before the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The deadline for abstract submission for the Genova meeting is January 31st, 2012. The Glasgow meeting set a deadline for November 1st, 2011.  

Please see the links for further details.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Taekwondo Headgear Safety Performance and Head Injury in Youth

Two abstracts presented by O'Sullivan et al in 2011

O'Sullivan et al_ISSC_Daegu 2011_1

O'Sullivan et al_ISSC_Daegu 2011_2

Biomechanics of Head Injury in Taekwondo

Included are two PDF files of abstracts for oral presentations by Fife et al on the biomechanics of head injury in taekwondo:

Fife et al_2010_ASB
Fife et al_2011_BJSM

Please consider making comments concerning the research topics.

International Taekwondo Research Consortium Website Launched!

Greetings fellow ITRC members!

As indicated in our first communication on April 30th, 2011, the International Taekwondo Research Consortium Website would be up and running by September. Although the launch of this website is not through our own website domain address, we are off to a start in progressing towards a sound scientific body of TKD research enthusiasts.

The mission of the ITRC is to provide an open forum for disseminating past and current taekwondo research findings. Secondary purposes of the ITRC are to provide opportunities for international research collaborations, education (e.g., coaches, students, parents, and referees) as well as regular academic conferences held within representative countries of ITRC members. From the beginning stages of the development of the ITRC, it was agreed that a key component to the success of this international group is to ensure that the organization and administrative activities are of an appropriate informal nature.  Specifically, recommendations for ITRC research activities and conferences are encouraged to be suggested and developed by all members.

As our group and website develop, please contact our main ITRC  e-mail for future suggestions for the improvement of our organization and website.