Carbohydrate mouth rinsing (CMR) potentially affects the interval training performance of taekwondo athletes. This study explored the effect of CMR on vertical jump, kicking speed, and fatigue index before and after simulated taekwondo competition. In a crossover experimental design, 13 trained taekwondo athletes were randomly divided into the CMR and control trials. After warming up, the participants used 6.6% maltodextrin (CMR trial) or mineral water (control trial) to rinse their mouth. Next, the participants underwent tests of vertical jump, kicking speed, and maximum number of kicks. After the tests, the participants rinsed their mouth again, followed by using Wingate testing bikes for 5-s sprint and 25-s rest to simulate taekwondo competitions. Four repetitions were performed in each round for 2 min for a total of three rounds. The results revealed that the fatigue index of the participants in the CMR trial before and after the simulated competition was significantly lower than that of the control trial. However, the two trials differed nonsignificantly in their performance in vertical jump, kicking speed, and the simulated competition. Overall, the study results indicated that CMR reduces the fatigue index but no change was observed in performance for vertical jump, kicking speed, and the simulated competition of trained taekwondo athletes.
Keywords: Fatigue; Wingate test; speed; taekwondo; vertical jump.