Friday, February 15, 2013

4th International Symposium for Taekwondo Studies Announcement

Strengthening Youth Education Through Taekwondo

Organizing Partners
Taekwondo Federation (WTF), and International Association of Taekwondo Research

Research Field
Papers will include studies of Sports Science related to Taekwondo (TKD) such as Sports
Physiology, Biomechanics, Sports Medicine, Philosophy/Pedagogy of TKD, Sports
Sociology/Sports Psychology, and Sports Marketing.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission: April 15, 2013

Early Registration: March 30, 2013

Symposium Dates: July 16-17, 2013

Registration / Submission
Abstract submissions should be emailed to Dr. Jongkook Song by the 15th of April, 2013

Choi et al: Development of taekwondo knowledge test using multimedia with multi-language

Thursday, January 24, 2013

O'Sullivan et al: Safety performance evaluation of taekwondo headgear

O'Sullivan DM, Fife GP, Pieter W, Shin IS. Safety performance evaluation of taekwondo headgear Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2012-091416


Background With over 20 years of taekwondo concussion research highlighting the high incidence of injury, previous studies recommend an investigation of headgear impact attenuation performance.
Objective To examine impact attenuation differences between the anterior, posterior and sides of selected taekwondo headgear brands.
Design Between-groups.
Setting Biomechanics laboratory.
Methods Five different commercially available taekwondo headgear were selected for impact testing. A 50th percentile Hybrid II Dummy Crash Test head and neck was fitted with the selected helmet and was bolted to a 25 kg steel torso-like structure. Each headgear model was impacted eight times to the anterior, posterior and sides by a 6.75 kg bowling ball at three heights to produce 52.25, 85 and 144 J strikes.
Main outcome measurements Resultant head linear acceleration.
Results Two-way (Helmet×Location) mixed analysis of variance with repeated measures on the second factor was performed to determine the differences between headgear by location of impact. There was a two-way (Helmet×Location) interaction for acceleration (η2=0.368).
Conclusions Taekwondo headgear manufacturers and sport governing bodies must consider improving the design of especially anterior helmet properties.