Physiological and morphological factors associated with successful fencing performance

K. J. Stewart, A. R. Peredo, C. M. Williams

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The relation between fencing success during a season of intercollegiate competition and various physiological and morphological variables were determined in 14 fencers. Bivariate and multiple regression analysis was used to determine the extent to which the independent variables, individually and collectively, accounted for the variance in two measures of fencing success. The fencing scores correlated significantly with V(E) max, V(O2) max, the 2 km run, and weight, while there was no significant correlation between the fencing scores and submaximal heart rate at 6 mph, the 1 min steptest score, or other morphological measurements. Cardiorespiratory fitness variables of V(o2) max and V(E) max accounted for the greatest variance in each of the two fencing scores (57.7 and 58.1%, respectively). Although morphological factors play a role in fencing success, their influence is small when physiological factors are accounted for. Future energy-cost studies are suggested to determine the physiological basis for the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and fencing success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-60
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Human Ergology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

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