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Zarko Krkeljas

Director of Athletic Department at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty

Selected Publications


Effect of six-week traditional resistance and functional training on functional performance in female netball players.

Journal Article BMC sports science, medicine & rehabilitation · January 2022 BackgroundImproving the quality of functional movements in athletes generally requires additional training targeting specific functional deficiencies. However, well-rounded, traditional strength and conditioning program should also improve player' ... Full text Cite

Relationship between functional movement screen and athletic and karate performance in adolescents

Journal Article Human Movement · January 1, 2021 Purpose. The tests of athletic and functional performance are widely used to assess physical ability and set performance goals. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between functional movement and physical and karate-specific performance ... Full text Cite

Functional movement screen proficiency of adolescent female volleyball players

Journal Article Physical Activity Review · January 1, 2021 Assessments and testing of young athletes often exclude the fundamental and functional movement capacity, which are critical for healthy motor development of adolescents. The aim of this study was to evaluate functional capacity of young female volleyball ... Full text Cite

Differences in Resting Metabolic Rate between BodyMetrix™ and Indirect Calorimetry in South African Adults

Journal Article Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science · April 3, 2019 Accurate assessment of resting metabolic rate (RMR) is necessary for calorie-based recommendations in diet and exercise training interventions. BodyMetrix™ is an ultrasound-based device that provides an estimate of RMR based on body composition, but has no ... Full text Cite

Effects of judo participation on anthropometric characteristics, motor abilities, and posture in young judo athletes

Journal Article Human Movement · January 1, 2019 Purpose. Despite the benefits of sport participation to schoolchildren, some highly competitive activities may induce sport-specific physical adaptations that may predispose children to long-term motor impairments. Hence, the aim of this study was to compa ... Full text Open Access Cite

Comparison of jump-landing protocols with Biodex Balance System as measures of dynamic postural stability in athletes.

Journal Article Sports biomechanics · September 2018 The objective of the study was to determine whether a relationship exists between the two common methods for assessing postural stability in athletes: the time-to-stabilisation (TTS) via force-plate and the Biodex Balance System (BBS). The conditions under ... Full text Cite

Changes in gait and posture as factors of dynamic stability during walking in pregnancy.

Journal Article Human movement science · April 2018 Changes in gait and postural control during pregnancy may lead to increased fall rates during walking relative to non-pregnant women. Due to lack of empirical evidence on balance and postural control in dynamic conditions, the primary aim of this study was ... Full text Cite

Relationship between gait kinematics and walking energy expenditure during pregnancy in South African women.

Journal Article BMC sports science, medicine & rehabilitation · January 2018 BackgroundVarious musculoskeletal changes occurring during pregnancy may lead to the change in gait and contribute to the increase in walking energy expenditure. Previous research indicates that changes in gait mechanics may lead to the increase i ... Full text Cite

Perceptions of sport science relevance and application among South African coaches and athletes

Journal Article South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation · January 1, 2017 The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of South African coaches and athletes of the relevance and usefulness of sport science on coaching methods and athletes’ performances. Twenty-two coaches (6 rugby; 3 cricket; 5 football; 3 hockey; 5 ... Cite

Relationship between functional movement screening and performance tests in elite university female netball players

Journal Article South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation · January 1, 2017 The use of Functional Movement Screening (FMS™) for elite university female netball players was investigated by evaluating the relationship between FMS™ total score and various performance tests. Out of 20 netball players, 19 completed the FMS™ screen cons ... Cite

Correlating mechanical work with energy consumption during gait throughout pregnancy.

Journal Article BMC pregnancy and childbirth · November 2015 BackgroundMeasures of mechanical work may be useful in evaluating efficiency of walking during pregnancy. Various adaptations in the body during pregnancy lead to altered gait, consequently contributing to the total energy cost of walking. Measure ... Full text Cite

Efficacy of home-based kinesthesia, balance & agility exercise training among persons with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.

Journal Article Journal of sports science & medicine · January 2012 The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of a home-based kinesthesia, balance and agility (KBA) exercise program to improve symptoms among persons age ≥ 50 years with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Forty-four persons were randomly assigned to 8-w ... Cite