Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
Introduction: MMA is a relatively new sport and is a mixture of many different martial arts. Currently, studies on the physiological characters of MMA athletes are very limited. The present study is mainly interested in evaluation of MMA athletes with respect to the aerobic and anaerobic capacity.
Method and materials: 5 male pro MMA athletes were recruited for the study. VO2max and anaerobic threshold measured with different methods were evaluated on treadmill and arm cycle. Muscle strength and power was evaluated through measurement of squat jump, counter movement jump, counter movement jump with arm swing, maximum clean, maximum deadlift and maximum reps of vertical sit-ups. Body composition including bone mineral density, muscle mass and fat mass were also measured. All the above measurements were performed twice with one year in between. Personal competition records expressed as percentage of win in total competition during the past year or the whole years before each test occasion were also calculated.
Result: except for a lower relative VO2max (both on treadmill and arm cycle) and [La] 0min after treadmill test, none of the measurements on absolute VO2max, anaerobic thresholdor body composition showed significant difference in values between the two test occasions. A tendency of decrease in muscle strength/power was observed in the second occasion, where the lower squat jump (cm) and counter movement jump with arm swing (cm/kg) were significant.
Conclusion: the MMA athletes have reached their physiological capacity needed for the sport or did not prioritized their strength and conditioning training high enough to improve them further.