Anthropometric, Physiological and Performance Characteristics of Elite and Sub-elite Fencers

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Charilaos Tsolakis & George Vagenas

The present study aimed at investigating the differences in selected anthropometric, strength-power parameters and functional characteristics of fencing performance between elite and sub-elite fencers. Thirty-three fencers (18 females and 15 males) from the Greek National Team, (age 19 ± 3.5 yr, body height 175.6 ± 7.6 cm, body mass 66.1 ± 9.1 kg, systematic training 8.4 ± 2.9 yr) were classified as elite and sub-elite, according to their international ex-perience. Subjects underwent a detailed anthropometric assessment and performed selected leg power and fencing-specific tests. Significant differences were observed between the two groups in sitting height, triceps, subscapular, and quadriceps dominant skinfold thickness, absolute and body mass-dependent expressions of leg functional power characteristics of fencing performance: “time of lunge” and time of the “shuttle test”. Anthropometric traits, such as height, body mass, percent fat and limb length were not different among elite and sub-elite fencers. Although techni-cal and tactical factors are good indicators of fencing success, the observed differences in functional fencing perform-ance tests among different levels of fencers are useful for the design of effective talent development and training-conditioning programs for competitive fencers.
DOI 10.2478/v10078-010-0011-8
Key words
fencing, physiology, anthropometry,

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