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Title: Biomechanics of fencing sport : a scoping review
Authors: Chen, L 
Wong, WC 
Wang, Y 
Ren, S 
Yan, F 
Zhang, M 
Issue Date: 10-Feb-2017
Source: PLoS one, 10 Feb. 2017, v. 12, no. 2, e0171578, p. 1-22
Abstract: Objectives The aim of our scoping review was to identify and summarize current evidence on the biomechanics of fencing to inform athlete development and injury prevention.
Design Scoping review. Method Peer-reviewed research was identified from electronic databases using a structured keyword search. Details regarding experimental design, study group characteristics and measured outcomes were extracted from retrieved studies, summarized and information regrouped under themes for analysis. The methodological quality of the evidence was evaluated.
Results Thirty-seven peer-reviewed studies were retrieved, the majority being observational studies conducted with experienced and elite athletes. The methodological quality of the evidence was "fair" due to the limited scope of research. Male fencers were the prevalent group studied, with the lunge and use of a foil weapon being the principal movement evaluated. Motion capture and pedabarography were the most frequently used data collection techniques.
Conclusions Elite fencers exhibited sequential coordination of upper and lower limb movements with coherent patterns of muscle activation, compared to novice fencers. These elite features of neuromuscular coordination resulted in higher magnitudes of forward linear velocity of the body center of mass and weapon. Training should focus on explosive power. Sex- and equipment-specific effects could not be evaluated based on available research.
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Journal: PLoS one 
EISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171578
Rights: © 2017 Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The following publication: Chen TL-W, Wong DW-C, Wang Y, Ren S, Yan F, Zhang M (2017) Biomechanics of fencing sport: A scoping review. PLoS ONE 12(2): e0171578 is available at https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0171578
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