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Kinesiology

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2009

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The Use Of Ki To "Psych-Up" And Increase Strength, Mark Adam Tschampl Jan 2009

The Use Of Ki To "Psych-Up" And Increase Strength, Mark Adam Tschampl

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In many modern sports where an explosion of power/strength is necessary, such as weight lifting, shot put, and tennis, athletes often yell or grunt to "psych-up" and improve performance. Martial artists have been using a similar technique for centuries called a "kiap". Unfortunately, there is little scientific evidence that yelling or kiaping improves performance. Therefore, this study examined the effect of kiaping on strength during a handgrip exercise in novices and experts. Fifty participants (25 novice and 25 expert martial artists) completed a handgrip strength test under three conditions, a baseline test, a no kiap control condition, and a ...