Time-motion and heart-rate characteristics of adolescent female foil fencers

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Title: Time-motion and heart-rate characteristics of adolescent female foil fencers
Authors: Wylde, Matthew James | Yong, Low Chee
Keywords: Time-motion analysis | Adolescent athletes | Fencing
Knowledge Area: Educación Física y Deportiva
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Área de Educación Física y Deporte
Citation: Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. 2015, 10(Proc2): S699-S706. doi:10.14198/jhse.2015.10.Proc2.09
Abstract: Purpose: The aims of this study was to understand the time-motion and heart-rate characteristics of adolescent female foil fencing, explore the differences between the 5-touch and 15-touch bouts and compare these results with previous analysis of elite female foil fencers. Methods: Eight adolescent female foil fencers (age 14.3 ± 1.2 y, stature 157 ± 3.8 cm, body mass 45.9 ± 5.2 kg) were analysed at a youth fencing competition. Each fencer wore a heart-rate monitor throughout the competition and bouts were filmed so time-motion analysis could be carried out. Five movement classifications were used for the time-motion analysis, this were grouped into three categories based on movement intensity: Low, Moderate and High. Results: High-intensity movement accounted for 8.8 ± 4.4 % of total bout time with a mean duration of 0.8 ± 0.2 s. A higher percentage of low-intensity movement was recorded in the 15-touch bouts, with a higher percentage of high-intensity movement recorded in the 5-touch bouts. The mean duration of low-intensity movement was longer in the 15-touch bouts compared to the 5-touch bouts and a higher mean heart-rate was recorded in the 15-touch bouts compared to the 5-touch bouts. Conclusions: The results from this study suggest that adolescent female foil fencers perform a greater percentage of high-intensity movement in 5-touch bouts compared to 15-touch bouts. However, these fencers demonstrate a higher heart-rate in the 15-touch bouts. The practical application of this study is that adolescent female foil fencers must have a strong aerobic base to maintain a lower heart-rate in competition and ensure that fatigue does not become a limiting factor to performance.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2015.10.Proc2.09 | http://hdl.handle.net/10045/57457
ISSN: 1988-5202
DOI: 10.14198/jhse.2015.10.Proc2.09
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: Licencia Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 4.0
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://www.jhse.ua.es/
Appears in Collections:Revistas - Journal of Human Sport and Exercise - 2015 - Asia Pacific Conference of Performance Analysis of Sport, 21-24 April 2014

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