The physical characteristics underpinning performance of wheelchair fencing athletes: a Delphi study of Paralympic coaches

Villiere, Alexandre, Mason, Barry, Parmar, Nimai ORCID:, Maguire, Niamh, Holmes, Danny and Turner, Anthony N. ORCID: (2021) The physical characteristics underpinning performance of wheelchair fencing athletes: a Delphi study of Paralympic coaches. Journal of Sports Sciences, 39 (17) . pp. 2006-2014. ISSN 0264-0414 [Article] (doi:10.1080/02640414.2021.1912454)

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Wheelchair Fencing (WF) is a Paralympic sport which is practiced by athletes with physical disabilities and is classified into three categories according to the degree of activity limitation the impairment causes in the sport. All Paralympic sports are requested to develop their own evidence-based classification system to enhance the confidence in the classification process however, this is yet to be achieved in WF. Research within WF is scarce therefore, the aim of this study was to reach expert consensus on the physical characteristics that underpin performance of athletes competing in the sport as this is known as one of the initial steps required to achieve an evidence-based classification system. Sixteen Paralympic WF coaches were invited to take part in a 3-round Delphi study, with experts drawing consensus on qualities of speed, strength, power, flexibility and motor control of the trunk and fencing arm being associated with increased athletic success. The required qualities of the non-fencing arm led to diverging opinions across the expert panel. This study provides clear guidance of the physical qualities to be developed to maximise athletic performance while also providing the initial framework to guide future WF classification research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Wheelchair fencing, classification, physical, attributes, performance
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute
Item ID: 33248
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 05 May 2021, available online:
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Depositing User: Alexandre Villiere
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 07:40
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 11:51

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