Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
Ios-APP Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2020) 19, 703 - 713

Research article
Effects of Accentuated Eccentric Training vs Plyometric Training on Performance of Young Elite Fencers
Alessandra di Cagno1, , Enzo Iuliano2, Andrea Buonsenso3, Arrigo Giombini1, Giulia Di Martino1, Attilio Parisi1, Giuseppe Calcagno3, Giovanni Fiorilli3
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1 Department of Motor, Human and Health Sciences, University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Rome, Italy
2 University eCampus, Novedrate (Como), Italy
3 Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy

Alessandra di Cagno
✉ Department of Motor, Human and Health Sciences, University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Rome, Italy
Publish Date
Received: 08-07-2020
Accepted: 27-09-2020
Published (online): 19-11-2020
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The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of 6-weeks accentuated eccentric training, using a rotary inertial device, on range of motion, assessed with Inter Malleolar Distance test, anthropometry, lower limb explosive and reactive strength, assessed with Squat Jump, Countermovement Jump and 7-Repeated Hop tests, in young elite fencers. Moreover, the effects on hamstring eccentric strength and two technical fencing movements, lunge and advance-advance lunge, were evaluated with motion analysis. The second aim was to evaluate the duration of the accentuated eccentric training residual effects, 6 weeks after the end of the training. Fifty-four male fencers were randomly assigned either to the Inertial Group (IG; n = 26; aged 17.3 ± 1.9 years) such as experimental group, or to the Plyometric Group (PG; n = 28; aged 17.6 ± 2.7 years) such as control group. IG carried out four exercises using the rotary inertial device attached to their waist by a rope. PG carried out several plyometric exercises at the same time in which the IG performed the accentuated eccentric training. MANOVA showed significant improvements in the vertical jumps height post training, with no differences between IG and PG. Significant improvements for technical movements, lunge distance (p = 0.006) and advance-advance lunge distance (p = 0.00005), were found within-group and between-groups (p = 0.00001), with higher improvements in IG than in PG. The univariate analysis showed a significant improvement in lower limb range of motion with higher increase in IG than in PG. The main findings were the significant improvement in lunge and advance-advance lunge distance, maintaining with the same execution time. These results suggested that it is important to apply accentuated eccentric load on specific sport movements.

Key words: Fencing, gravity-independent flywheel device, multidirectional speed, unknown overload, eccentric strength training

           Key Points
  • Eccentric training, applied by a flywheel device, resulted effective at improving flexibility.
  • Flywheel device application promotes muscle contraction for a longer time under tension.
  • The Inertial training allows to transfer the eccentric load effects to the real sport performance.
  • The lack of the load knowledge, using the flywheel device, may stimulate the athlete coordination.
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