Bottoms , Lindsay, Sinclair, Jonathan Kenneth, Gabrysz, T, Gabrysz, U and Price, M
PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES AND ENERGY EXPENDITURE TO
SIMULATED EPEE FENCING IN ELITE FEMALE FENCERS.
Serb J Sports Sci
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Understanding the physiological and energy expenditure responses required during the unique
nature of fencing is important for the development of training/nutritional programmes for athletes involved in
fencing. This study therefore examined the physiological responses of four elite female epee fencers during a
simulated fencing task. Peak physiological measurements were determined during an incremental exercise test to
exhaustion on a treadmill. In addition, oxygen consumption, heart rate and finger tip blood lactate samples were
taken throughout a series of simulated fencing fights. The fencing fights consisted of 3 x 3 minutes of fencing, with
1 minute rest between each bout. The results demonstrated peak oxygen uptake (47±5 ml·kg·min-1) to be
similar to that of other elite female fencers. High peak energy expenditures were elicited over short exercise
durations (range 10.6–11.4 Kcal·min-1). Low blood lactate levels were evident and possibly due to the
contribution of phosphocreatine for ATP regeneration.
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