Physiological demands and motion analysis of elite foil fencing

Lindsay Bottoms, Rafael Tarragó, Daniel Muñiz, Diego Chaverri, Alfredo Irurtia, Jorge Castizo-Olier, Marta Carrasco, Ferran A. Rodríguez, Xavier Iglesias, Emiliano Cè (Editor)

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The aim of this study was to determine the physiological demands and motion analysis of a simulated fencing competition. Eighteen fencers each completed 5 ‘poule’ (5 touches) and ‘direct elimination (DE)’ (15 touches) fights. Expired gases were measured during 1 poule and DE fight. Heart rate (HR), ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) and movement data were recorded throughout all fights. Motion analysis was undertaken using the software LINCE PLUS. Differences between poule and DE fights were determined by either a paired t-test or a one-way repeated measures ANOVA. HR and RPE were significantly greater during DE compared to poule (170 ±10 vs 163 ±13 beats·min-1; P
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number2
Early online date14 Feb 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Feb 2023


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