Why fencers should bounce: a new method of movement to engage the stretch-shortening cycle

Turner, Anthony N. and Harmenberg, Johan (2017) Why fencers should bounce: a new method of movement to engage the stretch-shortening cycle. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching . ISSN 1747-9541 (Published online first)

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Abstract

While teaching a heel first contact style of footwork in fencing (also referred to as toe contribution avoidance) is in keeping with long standing traditions, it is not conducive to today’s modern style of fast paced and explosive fencing. Equally, fencers towards the elite-end seem to be gradually adopting a more spring-based style, as their body progressively and organically transitions to “ball of the foot” based footwork, in order for them to fence competitively in the manner they have intuitively associated with success. Therefore, if from a young age fencers are taught to make full use of the stretch shortening cycle (SSC) via “bouncing” or simply by initiating movement via the ball of the foot, this will expedite the learning process. It will demonstrate to them how the SSC can be used to move at greater speed, cover greater distances when advancing, retreating and lunging, and conserve the much-needed energy required to compete over day long competitions. This paper details the mechanistic underpinnings of the SSC and its application to the modern day fencer.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 23005
Notes on copyright: The full text is an author accepted manuscript version of: Turner, Anthony N. and Harmenberg, Johan, Why fencers should bounce: a new method of movement to engage the stretch-shortening cycle, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching (Journal Volume Number and Issue Number) pp. xx-xx. Copyright © 2017 (The Author(s)). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 15:29
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2018 17:04
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/23005

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