The impact of practice of selected combat sports on signs of aggression in players in comparison with their non-training peers Cezary Kuśnierz, Pavol Bartik Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts 2014; 5(1):17-22 ICID: 1127448
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 3.00
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Background. In the contemporary society there is the prevailing opinion that the practice of combat sports and martial arts increases aggression. Persons practicing them are often perceived as aggressive and dangerous. As results of research published in specialistic literature often present opposite attitudes, the aim of this study was to determine the level of aggression of males practicing combat sports in comparison with their non-training peers. Material and methods. The study was conducted on a group of 160 persons and covered athletes practicing Brazilian jujitsu, boxing and shotokan karate; the control group consisted of randomly selected non-training peers of the athletes. The aggression questionnaire designed by A.H. Buss and M. Perry (the Buss-Perry Questionnaire) was used. Results. The obtained results of the study show existing discrepancies in the levels of aggression in athletes covered by the study. The differentiating factor is the kind of sport/martial art being practiced. Among three groups of athletes covered by the analysis, the highest level of aggression was observed in Brazilian ju-jitsu fighters and then in the group of boxers. The lowest level of aggression characterised shotokan karate fighters. Conclusions. On the basis of results of the study, we can state that the practice of combat sports has a favourable impact on fighters; even though ju-jitsu fighters achieved the highest level of physical and verbal aggressions in groups under research, the general level of their aggression was lower than in the case of non-training persons.