SKELETAL MUSCLE STRAIN RESULTING FROM FENCING COMPETITION IN ELITE FENCERS

  • J.X. Li.
  • Y. N. Guo.
  • C. H. R. So.
  • H. Y. Y. Yuan
Keywords: fencing, heart rate, blood lactate, muscle strain, creatine kinase

Abstract

Information about skeletal muscle strain in fencing is limited. The objective of this study was to examine the muscle strain resulting from fencing competition by monitoring plasma creatine kinase (CK). The heart rate (HR) and blood lactate during fencing competition were examined also. Twelve national level female fencers participated in the study. The results showed that the plasma CK activity significantly increased one day after competition (p<0.05), which indicated high muscle strain. During the competition HR ranged from 167 to 191 bpm, the blood lactate stayed around 4 mM in most fencers. The results suggested that fencing requires a high capacity of muscle strength and speed. The enhancement of muscle strength, speed and flexibility should be paid more attention in training.