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Purpose : To examine the effects of attack lunge training with pneumatic resistance on lunge performance in university fencers.
Methods : Twenty-four male fencers from Chulalongkorn University, aged between 18-22 years, were recruited for this study. They were randomly divided into two groups : an experimental group (n = 12) who performed an attack lunge training program with pneumatic resistance at 75% of 1 repetitive maximum (1 RM) and a control group (n = 12) who performed an attack lunge training program without resistance. Both groups were trained twice a week for 6 weeks. General physical characteristics, maximum strength during a lunge, time to change of directions, and time to repeat lunge ability were measured before and after training. Dependent variables were analyzed using pair t-test and independent t-test. A p-value < .05 was considered the statistical significance.
Results : After 6 weeks of training, the mean value of maximum strength of lunge in the experimental group was significantly higher than that in the control group (p < .05). In addition, the mean values of time to change of directions and time to repeat lunge ability in the experimental group were lower compared to before training and the control group (p < .05).
Conclusion : A 6-week of attack lunge training with pneumatic resistance training program had positive effects on strength, time to change of directions and time to repeat lunge ability compared to similar training program without resistance. This indicated that the attack lunge training with pneumatic resistance training in the present study can be used as an adjunctive training program for improving performance of fencers.
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