Influence of surface on impact shock experienced during a fencing lunge

Greenhalgh, Andrew, Bottoms, Lindsay and Sinclair, Jonathan (2012) Influence of surface on impact shock experienced during a fencing lunge. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 29 (4) . pp. 463-467. ISSN 1065-8483

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of sports surface on the magnitude of impact shock experienced during a lunge movement. Thirteen experienced, competitive fencers (age 32.4 +/- 4.6 years; Height 178.4 +/- 7.2 cm; Mass 74.4 +/- 9.1 kg) performed ten lunges on four different surfaces: concrete with an overlaid vinyl layer (COVL); wooden sprung court surface (WSCS); metallic carpet fencing piste overlaid on the WSCS and: aluminium fencing piste overlaid on the WSCS. An accelerometer measured accelerations along the longitudinal axis of the tibia at 1000Hz. The results identified a significantly (P < 0.05) larger impact shock magnitude was experienced during a lunge on the COVL (14.88 +/- 8.45g) compared to the WSCS (11.61 +/- 7.30g), WSCS with metallic carpet piste (11.14 +/- 6.38g) and WSCS with aluminium piste (11.95 +/- 7.21g). Furthermore, the two types of piste used had no significant effect the impact shock magnitude measured when overlaid on the WSCS compared to the WSCS on its own. The results of this investigation suggest that occurrences of injuries related to increased levels of impact shock, may be reduced through the utilization of a WSCS as opposed to a COVL surface, during fencing participation.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Biomechanics at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 14306
Notes on copyright: Copyright Human Kinetics. Author retains the right to post an electronic version of the final manuscript, as accepted for publication, on the authors’ own Web site or Web site(s) or other electronic repositories controlled by the authors’ institution, provided that the electronic version is in PDF or other image capturing format.
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Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2015 10:39
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 06:12

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