Gender differences in the kinetics and lower extremity kinematics of the fencing lunge

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Gender differences in the kinetics and lower extremity kinematics of the fencing lunge

International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport 2013

 

Whilst studies have used participants of both genders in fencing research,
there is a paucity of research investigating differences in the kinematics of
male and female fencers. The aim of this study was to investigate gender
differences in the kinetics and kinematics measured during the epee
fencing lunge. Lower extremity kinematic data were obtained from eight
male and eight female club level epee fencers using a 3D motion capture
system as they completed simulated lunges. Independent t-tests were
performed on the data to determine whether differences existed. The
results observed no differences in kinetics during the lunge between
genders. In addition there were no differences in the kinematics of the
back leg between genders. However, females produced greater knee
abduction at the end of the lunge as well as greater hip adduction. The
results indicate that females could be at a greater risk of knee injuries due
to the greater knee abduction and hip adduction produced during the
fencing lunge.

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