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Committee for Rehabilitation,
Physical Education
and Social Integration
of the Polish Academy
of Sciences

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Impact Factor: 2.193 (2020)
5-Year Impact Factor: 2.448

Journal of Human Kinetics

The Journal of Human Kinetics is an open access interdisciplinary periodical offering the latest research in the science of human movement studies. This comprehensive professional journal features articles and research notes encompassing such topic areas as: Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, Sports Training as well as Behavioural Sciences in Sport, yet especially considering elite and competitive aspects of sport. The journal publishes original papers, invited reviews and short communications. Most importantly, manuscripts submitted to the journal must contain novel data on theoretical or experimental research or on practical applications in the field of sport sciences. The Journal of Human Kinetics is published in January, April, July and October. We encourage scientists from around the world to submit their papers to our Journal.

Editorial Committee

Adam Zając (Poland)

Technical and statistical Editor
Adam Maszczyk (Poland)

Language Editors
Aleksandra Mostowik (Poland), Scott Woska (USA)

Associate Editors
Grzegorz Juras (Poland)
Robert Lockie (USA)
Aleksandra Żebrowska (Poland)
Antonio Paoli (Italy)
Kajetan Słomka (Poland)
Petr Stastny (Czech Republic)
Krzysztof Sas-Nowosielski (Poland)
Michał Krzysztofik (Poland)

Journal of Human Kinetics Editorial Office
Academy of Physical Education

Mikołowska 72A Str.
Katowice – Poland


Special Topic Title: The significance of change of direction ability in team sport games
Impact factor for 2020 =2.193

Deadline for manuscript submissions: February 28th, 2022

Review process until April 2022
Possible release of the special topic in the Sports Training Section of the July issue of JHK 2022

Topic Editor
Name: Dr hab. Kazimierz Mikolajec prof. AWF
Affiliation: Institute of Sport Sciences, Department of Team Sport Games,
The Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland

Objectives of the Special Topic

The change of direction (COD) ability is perhaps the most significant fitness component in team sport games. COD can be defined as the ability to accelerate, decelerate, stop and re-accelerate in any direction without losing speed and balance. To change running direction, a player needs to slow down the original direction speed, and then accelerate in a new one. Sometimes, a player completely halts his/her movement before accelerating in a new direction. The ability to change direction at speed in sport is an essential component of sport-related fitness in athletes, however, its evaluation and development have created numerous controversies. For years it was assumed that traditional strength and power training allows to develop the change of direction (COD) performance. However, correlation analyses have not revealed significant relationships between strength and power variables and COD. Also linear speed has not shown significant relationships with COD, and reactive strength seems to have a greater impact on COD than maximum isometric strength of the lower limbs. Numerous studies which utilized traditional strength exercises performed bilaterally in the vertical direction have failed to elicit improvements, while unilateral horizontal and lateral jump training has given positive effects on COD. It thus seems that evaluation and training of COD require further studies, considering test construction and effectiveness of training programs. Different approaches to assess COD ability have been proposed, and they include the pro-agility shuttle, 3-cone drill, L-run, T-test and the Illinois agility test. The validity of these tests can be verified and new tests can be proposed remembering that the evaluation of COD requires the inclusion of deceleration and reacceleration for a given direction change. Deterministic models of COD would be helpful in identifying the most significant components of this ability and then the optimization of training variables including exercise choice, exercise time, intensity, volume and the complexity of exercises directed at this ability. Another aspect worth considering is the impact that COD has on technical and tactical skills in team sport games.
Considering that the JHK is a journal that concentrates on empirical research in competitive sports, and that COD is extremely significant for sport performance, we welcome original research related to novel aspects of assessment, specific training for particular team sport games, including innovative training means for the development of this ability. Reviews and comparative studies are also welcomed.

Thank you for your interest,
Adam Zajac
Editor-in-Chief Journal of Human Kinetics



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