Investigation of Oxygen Uptake Kinetics and Anthropometric Profiles in Elite Kickboxing Athletes

Seyed Houtan Shahidi
Faculty of Sports Science, Department of Sports Coaching, Istanbul Gedik University, Istanbul, Turkey
Gülnur Coşkun
Faculty of Sports Science, Department of Sports Coaching, Istanbul Gedik University, Istanbul, Turkey
Francis E. Holway
International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (Level 4 anthropometrist), Buenos Aires, Ar

Published 30-12-2023


  • Peak oxygen consumption,
  • Muscle mass,
  • Lactate threshold,
  • Aerobic and Anerobic threshold,
  • Combat sports

How to Cite

Shahidi, S. H., Coşkun, G., & E. Holway, F. (2023). Investigation of Oxygen Uptake Kinetics and Anthropometric Profiles in Elite Kickboxing Athletes. International Journal of Kinanthropometry, 3(2), 1–8.



Introduction: This study explores the intricate relationship between various physiological variables and their impact on the performance of elite kickboxing athletes. Methods: A cohort of ten male athletes, distinguished by their national, Asian, or world titles, participated in a comprehensive assessment encompassing peak oxygen consumption (VO2peak), muscle mass, lactate threshold (LT), and respiratory compensation point (RCP). Results: The findings elucidate a compelling and positive correlation between muscle mass and VO2peak, illuminating the pivotal role of muscular development in augmenting aerobic capacity and overall athletic prowess in the context of kickboxing. Furthermore, the assessment of LT and RCP provides valuable insights into the physiological thresholds governing exercise intensity and performance limitations. These results carry significant implications for the design of tailored training and conditioning regimens, enabling kickboxers to optimize their physical capacities within the confines of their physiological boundaries. Conclusions: In summary, this investigation enriches our understanding of the multifaceted determinants of success in combat sports, emphasizing the critical role of muscle mass, aerobic and anaerobic capabilities, and physiological thresholds in the performance of elite kickboxing athletes.


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