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Hand Speed Measurements in Boxing

  • Hand speed is particularly important in boxing both for protection against incoming blows and delivering blows. Sixteen amateur boxers (10 male, 6 female) with varying levels of experience from a boxing gym performed 20 jabs and 20 cross punches in air. The movement was recorded with a small wrist mounted accelerometer under the glove. The maximum velocity of each punch was determined from the RMS acceleration profile. The mean values of the jab maximal velocity was higher than the cross maximal velocity for 9 participants. The cross showed some dependence on reach (Spearman's correlation coefficient r = 0.57) and the jab dependence on experience (Spearman's correlation coefficient r = 0.56). The accelerometer technique has some promise for routine assessment of fist speed.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Dennis Kimm, David V. Thiel
Parent Title (English):Procedia Engineering
First Page:502
Last Page:506
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2015/08/04
7th Asia-Pacific Congress on Sports Technology, APCST 2015
Crown Copyright © 2015. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.
Tag:accelerometer; boxing; hand speed; jab; punch
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Elektrotechnik, Maschinenbau, Technikjournalismus
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 62 Ingenieurwissenschaften / 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und zugeordnete Tätigkeiten
7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 790 Freizeitgestaltung, darstellende Künste, Sport
Entry in this database:2015/08/21
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International