Neuromuscular screening to predict young fencers’ performance

The aim of this study was to investigate sport specific correlates of fencing performance, in both young male and female fencers. All assessments (anthropometry, arm strength, leg power, flexibility, fencing movement reaction times in visual stimuli velocity of arm extension, lunge velocity, step and lunge velocity and fencing specific agility test) were conducted on 9 males and 13 female young fencers 13.4±0.85 years old (mean age ± standard deviation). Relationships were examined by calculating Pearson’s product moment correlation coefficient (r). A stepwise multiple linear regression was used to identify the best predictors of fencing performance. Females were found to have more body fat and higher BMI values compared to males. Males outperformed females in all leg power tests, while females were more flexible than males. Moreover males were faster in arm velocity, step-lunge velocity and change of direction velocity compared to females. Anthropometric parameters were not correlated to fencing performance. Long jump and squat jump were the best predictors of step and lunge velocity and change of direction velocity, respectively. The integration of power exercises in both the horizontal and vertical plane is recommended as regular regimen in physical condition protocols in order to optimize the fencing performance in young fencers.
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Subjects: performance prognosis junior elite sport fencing neurophysiology strength speed strength reaction speed
Notations: combat sports junior sports
DOI: 10.4127/jbe.2018.0134
Published in: Biology of Exercise
Published: 2018
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Pages: 103-118
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced