The aim of this research was to analyze aggression levels of sports that require individual contact and combat such as muay thai and wrestling according to some demographic variables. The population of this research was composed of university students doing muay thai and wrestling branches. The sample is composed of 227 athletes aged between 18 and 26 who participated in inter-university muay thai and wrestling competitions organized by Turkish University Sports Federation in 2012-2013 academic year [(x=21.82, ss=2.5) % 59 (134) male; %41 (93) female]. In order to evaluate the athletes’ aggression levels, Buss and Perry Aggression Questionnaire with five subscales and 29 items which was developed by Buss and Perry (1992) and Turkish reliability and validity tests of which were performed by Demirtaş and Madran (2012) was used. For the statistical analysis; such descriptive statistical methods as one way variance analysis (ANOVA) and independent sample T-test (Independent Samples T-Test) were used. According to research results, significant differences were identified in athletes’ aggression levels in terms of age, gender, smoking habits, economic status and sports age (p<0.05) whereas no significant difference was identified in terms of living place (p> 0.05). Consequently, it was found out that aggression levels were affected by socio-demographic variables and aggression levels of Muay Thai athletes were higher than those of wrestlers. In light of the study findings, suggestions were developed and discussed.
Keywords: Muay-Thai, Wrestling, Aggression