Dear Biomch-Listers,

A MS student in Physical Education at Blaise Pascal University is planning
to measure the impact force of some karate punch techniques. From his search
in different databases (PubMed, Herakles; keywords: biomechanics, karate,
martial arts), he only found a very few relevant references where impact
forces were measured in various fighting sports. Among these, was the

J. Atha, M.R. Yeadon, J. Sandover and K. Pearson (1984). Measuring the
mechanical properties of a heavyweight's punch. J. of Sports Sciences (UK),
2(3): 188-189.

Unfortunately, this paper is only an abstract of a Sports Sciences
Conference, so measurement and computing methods are not fully described.
The very poor results of this bibliographic search lead me to ask you:

- Has the above study been fully described in some scientific article(s)? Or
can the authors contact me and give some more information?

- Does somebody know if other studies have already been done on the same
purpose in any fighting sport?

For those interested, I'll post a complete summary of the collected

Many thanks in advance.

Philippe VASLIN (Ph.D.)
Université Blaise Pascal
ISIMA - B.P.10125
63173 AUBIERE CEDEX - France
Tel : + 33 (0) 473 405 038
Fax : + 33 (0) 473 405 001

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