Studying fencing lunge accuracy and response time in uncertain conditions with an innovative simulator

Lunge motion is one of the fundamental attacks used in modern fencing, asking for a high level of coordination, speed and accuracy to be efficient. The aim of the current paper was the assessment of fencer’s performance and response time in lunge attacks under uncertain conditions. For this study, an innovative fencing lunge simulator was designed. The performance of 11 regional to national-level fencers performing lunges in Fixed, Moving and Uncertain conditions was assessed. The results highlighted notably that i) Accuracy and success decreased significantly in Moving and Uncertain conditions with regard to Fixed ones ii) Movement and Reaction times were also affected by the experimental conditions iii) Different fencer profiles were distinguishable among subjects. In conclusion, the hypothesis that fencers may privilege an adaptation to the attack conditions and preserve accuracy instead of privileging quickness was supported by the results. Such simulators may be further used to analyze in more detail the motor control strategies of fencers through the measure and processing of biomechanical quantities and a wider range of fencing levels. It has also a great potential to be used as training device to improve fencer’s performance to adapt his attack to controlled opponent’s motion.
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Subjects: fencing movement precision technique analysis reaction speed
Notations: combat sports
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218959
Published in: PLOSOne
Published: 2019
Volume: 14
Issue: 7
Pages: e0218959
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced