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Izumi Tabata

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Izumi (Joseph) Tabata
Occupation(s)Dean at Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of Sport and Health Science
Known forExercise science

Izumi (Joseph) Tabata (田畑 泉, Tabata Izumi) is dean of the Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of Sport and Health Science. His name became famous in relation to the "Tabata Protocol", one form of high-intensity interval training, although Tabata credits Olympic speed skating coach Koichi Irisawa with pioneering the technique.[2]

Tabata was educated in Japan and Norway, and studied for a year at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to his tenure at Ritsumeikan University, he worked at the National Institute for Health and Nutrition in Japan, and with the Japanese speed skating team.[2] [3]

Tabata has contributed to many highly cited articles, and in 2020 had an h-index of 41, according to Clarivate Analytics.[4] The most cited article has been cited over 900 times, according to Google Scholar. Dr. Tabata has authored or co-authored over 100 additional scholarly articles in publications such as Journal of Applied Physiology, Japanese Journal of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine, Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Commercial involvement[edit]

From February 2013 to December 2016, Universal Pictures and Tabata jointly licensed a high-intensity exercise program trademarked as Tabata, based around 20 seconds of intense exercise and 10 seconds of rest.[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "田畑, 泉, 1956-". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Interview with the Founder of the World-Renowned Tabata Protocol". Featured Researchers. Ritsumeikan University. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. ^ "2月国内企業物価指数、1981年3月以来の高い上昇率". Reuters. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  4. ^ Tabata, Izumi; Nishimura, K.; Kouzaki, M.; Hirai, Y.; Ogita, F.; Miyachi, M.; Yamamoto, K. (1996). "Effects of moderate-intensity endurance and high-intensity intermittent training on anaerobic capacity and VO(2max)". Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 28 (10): 1327–1330. doi:10.1097/00005768-199610000-00018. PMID 8897392. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Our History". Tabata Official. Tabata. Retrieved 29 June 2015.