Anthropometric, flexibility, strength-power, and sport-specific correlates in elite fencing

This study investigated selected structural correlates of fencing performance. 33 elite fencers were tested on (a) selected anthropometric, flexibility, and strength-power related parameters, and (b) specific lower extremity functional fencing tests. Multiple regression showed that drop jump and thigh cross-sectional area were best predictors of lunge time and distance of squat jump on the shuttle test. When the two performance variables were expressed per Lean Body Mass, lunge time was significantly predicted only by the performance on the arm-driven counter-movement jump, while time on the shuttle test was best predicted by three noncollinear significant predictors: squat jump performance, thigh circumference, and percent body fat. Lunge time and time on the shuttle test were predicted by explosive power, while none of the nontrainable anthropometric measures or years of training seemed to be important in performance of fencing-related skills.
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Subjects: fencing high performance sport elite sport anthropometry flexibility strength speed strength test sport performance factor
Notations: combat sports biological and medical sciences training science
DOI: 10.2466/pms.110.C.1015-1028
Published in: Perceptual and Motor Skills
Published: 2010
Volume: 110
Issue: 3
Pages: 1015–1028
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced