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Anthropometric and Kinematics Determinants of Lunge Velocity and Amplitude in Young Foil Fencers

Version 1 : Received: 25 September 2020 / Approved: 27 September 2020 / Online: 27 September 2020 (05:04:27 CEST)

How to cite: Cicchella, A.; Mocco, A. Anthropometric and Kinematics Determinants of Lunge Velocity and Amplitude in Young Foil Fencers. Preprints 2020, 2020090665 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0665.v1). Cicchella, A.; Mocco, A. Anthropometric and Kinematics Determinants of Lunge Velocity and Amplitude in Young Foil Fencers. Preprints 2020, 2020090665 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0665.v1).

Abstract

The teaching of the lunge technique in fencing is critical in the developmental age. The relations of anthropometrics with kinematics of lunge was studied only in adult fencers, and no study exist in young considering the different level of experience. Our aims were to assess, in young fencers, which factors, between the anthropometric and the kinematics, were mostly connected with lunge performance (speed and excursion) in different genders and expertise levels. Fifteen young fencers participated in this study. Lunge kinematics, anthropometric characteristics and force expressed in vertical jump tests were collected. Maximal lunge velocity resulted mainly correlated with the posterior knee’s extension ((r=0.56, p=0.031). The lunge distance and mean hip velocity were mostly correlated with fencers’ height (r=0.85, p=0.000 and r=0.76, p=0.001) and FFM (r=0.8, p=0.000 and r=0.73, p=0.002). Experts and non-experts show significant differences in fat free mass, area of upper arm, and of thighs (Effect Size = 1,27 – 1,33, p= 0,021-0,035). From our results it emerges that, in this age range, the analysed aspects of lunge performance are mainly correlated with participant’s anthropometry. Moreover, it is already possible in this age span, to find technical differences linked to the experience.

Subject Areas

fencing kinematics; lunge velocity; technique development

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