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Punching Speed

It is possible to measure punching speed by using a radar gun or video analysis, both of these methods are described below. See also the punching power test. Note: we do not sell this equipment or provide testing of punching speed/power.

purpose: to measure maximal punching arm/hand speed.

equipment required: Radar Device or video setup (there are some commercially available video analysis systems)

pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender and test conditions. Perform a standard warm-up. See more details of pre-test procedures.

Punching Speed boxer

procedure (radar): radar can be used for measuring throwing speed, so it should also be able to determine movement speed of any object, including the hand. The radar should be placed in front of the person being tested, in direct line of the punch. Peak speed only is recorded. See more information about radar for sports testing.

procedure (video): To determine hand speed (distance/time), you need both a distance and time measure, both can be measured from video. First of all you need to have collected the video footage in the correct manner. The camera should be placed so that you get a side on view of the boxer. The camera should not be moving (no panning), so it is best to have it set up on a tripod. The zoom function should also not be used.

scoring: the standard unit of speed is meters per second (m/s) or feet per second (fps)

target population: boxing and other combat and hitting sports.

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