Strength and conditioning considerations for mixed martial arts

Paul La Bounty, Bill I. Campbell, Elfego Galvan, Matthew Cooke, Jose Antonio

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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is an Exciting and Complex Sport that Combines the Techniques of Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Various Grappling Disciplines such as Greco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. MMA is a Physiologically Demanding Sport. It can Potentially Challenge and Tax all of the Energy Systems, and the Possibility of Overreaching/Overtraining is a Concern. To Date, there is Limited Peer-Reviewed Research Examining the Optimal Training Methods for an Athlete Competing in MMA. The Purpose of this Review is to Discuss some of the Available Peer-Reviewed Research Surrounding this Sport and Provide General Considerations for the Strength and Conditioning Specialists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-67
Number of pages12
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Combat sports
  • Conditioning
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Performance
  • Strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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