Physiological Profile of Elite Iranian Junior Freestyle Wrestlers

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Mirzaei, B, Curby, DG, Rahmani-Nia, F, and Moghadasi, M. Physiological profile of elite iranian junior freestyle wrestlers. J Strength Cond Res 23(8): 2339-2344, 2009-The purpose of the present investigation was to describe the physiological profile of elite Iranian junior freestyle wrestlers. Seventy elite wrestlers (age 19.8 ± 0.9 years) who were invited to the national training camps, based on their top 10 national ranking, participated in this study. The physiological profile included body weight, flexibility (sit and reach test), maximal oxygen consumption (Bruce protocol), maximal anaerobic power of the legs (Wingate test), muscular endurance and strength (bench press, squat, pull-ups, push-ups, grip strength, and bent-knee sit-up test), speed (40-m sprint), agility (4 × 9-m shuttle run), and body composition (7-site skinfold). The major results (mean ± SD) are as follows: body weight (kg): 77.5 ± 19.8; flexibility (cm): 38.2 ± 3.94; maximal oxygen consumption (ml·kg−1·min−1): 50.5 ± 4.7; maximal anaerobic power of the legs (W): 455.5 ± 87.6; 1-repetition maximum bench press (weight lifted kg body weight−1): 1.4 ± 0.15; 1-repetition maximum squat (weight lifted kg body weight−1): 1.7 ± 0.2; push-ups (n): 66.9 ± 7.6; pull-ups (n): 31.6 ± 9.7; grip strength (force in kg·body weight kg−1) 1.02 ± 0.11; bent-knee sit-ups (n): 66.5 ± 8; speed (s): 5.07 ± 0.17; agility (s): 8.7 ± 0.25; and body fat (%): 10.6 ± 3.8. The present study provides baseline physiological data that have been used in the prescription of individual training programs for these athletes. This information is also available to the coaches and can contribute to the general strategy employed by a wrestler and for a specific match.

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