Electrodermal activity of the skin assessed using Ryodoraku method after a single training session in taekwondo competitors Edyta Szczuka, Wiesław Tomaszewski, Rafał Szafraniec, Agnieszka Postawa Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts 2012; 3(2):79-85 ICID: 1047652
Article type: Original article
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Introduction. The diagnostic and therapeutic Ryodoraku method is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) and involves the measurement of electrodermal activity (EDA). 24 points are considered the representative points for the activity of various meridian pathways. The aim of the study was to assess the effect of a single training session on EDA change using Ryodoraku in taekwondo competitors and the analysis of the usefulness of such methods in training. Material and methods. 18 taekwondo competitors aged 15-25 years participated in the experiment. The control group comprised 20 males, the students of the University of Physical Education aged 20-24 years. In both groups, the EDA measurement using Ryodoraku method was performed twice. In the taekwondo competitors the measurements of electroconductivity were performed before and after the training. In the control group the measurements were taken at a one-hour interval. For the statistical analysis the Shapiro-Wilk (SW) test, the Wilcoxon signed rank test and the Mann-Whitney-U test were used. The significance level was set at p≤0.05. Results. Lower values were obtained in taekwondo competitors during the initial study, as compared to the control group. After the training a statistically significant increase in the mean values was noted in the experimental group. The results of EDA measurement obtained from the control group did not show any statistically significant differences in the comparative testing. Conclusions. A signle training session results in the increase of electrodermal conductivity of the Ryodoraku representative measurement points (RMP) in taekwondo competitors. The obtained results may reflect post-exercise stimulation of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) sympathetic component.