Sport Sciences for Health

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 115–119 | Cite as

Relationship between stature level and success in elite judo: an analysis on four consecutive Olympic Games

  • Paolo Riccardo Brustio
  • Gennaro Boccia
  • Paolo Moisè
  • Luca Laurenzano
  • Corrado Lupo
Original Article



The rationale of our study derived from the important changes in judo rules, with particular consideration of the leg grabs. Therefore, the present study aimed at demonstrating the relationships between stature and successful matches in elite judo, in relation to both genders and seven weight categories.


Stature levels and final ranking position of each participant were recorded on the base of the year of Olympic Game (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016), gender, and weight class. A one-way ANCOVA was applied to determinate possible differences (p ≤ 0.05) among judoka’s statures related to each Olympic Game.


Results showed that no difference has been reported for stature level of each judo Olympic Game in all and only male judoka. On the contrary, for female, difference (p = 0.007) on judoka’s stature levels among ranking positions generally emerged, reporting increases in stature levels between the first and the fifth (from 163.62 ± 7.95 to 167.90 ± 8.88 cm; p = 0.004), and the seventh (from 163.62 ± 7.95 to 168.26 ± 8.53 cm; p = 0.016) ranking position.


Considering that no relationship between stature and successful matches in elite judo emerged in the analyzed four Olympics Games, it can speculate that no advantage can be attributed to the taller judoka’s for the rule changes regarding the leg grabs.


Martial arts World ranking Professional sports Match outcome Performance evolution 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

The study was approved by the Ethical Committee of the University of Torino (Turin, Italy; prot. 26831) and performed in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration.

Informed consent

No informed consent was obtained due to the nature of the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NeuroMuscular Function Research Group, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Exercise and Sport SciencesUniversity of TorinoTurinItaly
  2. 2.CeRiSM Research Center “Sport, Mountain, and Health”RoveretoItaly
  3. 3.School of Exercise and Sport SciencesUniversity of TorinoTurinItaly

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