Training Monitoring and Effect of Training Variables on Wellness Score in Elite Male Fencers

Yıldırım E., Zengin H. Y., Cinemre Ş. A.

Türk Spor ve Egzersiz Dergisi, vol.25, no.1, pp.42-51, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.15314/tsed.1237350
  • Journal Name: Türk Spor ve Egzersiz Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.42-51
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Subjective measures such as well-being indices may be beneficial to balance fatigue and recovery on the fatigue continuum and awareness of well-being is considered a useful sign for identifying nonfunctional overreaching (NFOR) status. Recovery and neuromuscular fatigue process from training may be delayed because of the eccentric component during a stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) type activities and needs to be well monitored during fencing training and matches. The aim of the study is to investigate training monitoring of elite male fencing athletes aged 15-23 and to examine the variables that affect wellness during intensified training sessions. The study includes 16 elite men's saber fencers who train regularly and comprised of 139 data concentrated on training and 6 data engrossed on competitions. These data were examined throughout 2 different time sessions and an overall duration. Wellness scores, acute/chronic workload ratio (ACWR) and monotony scores were collected. The main findings of this study, in training loads a statistically significant difference was not observed between sessions, but in wellness scores, a significant difference was observed between sessions (acute load, p=0.861; hooper index, p=0.003). ACWR (p=0,6103) and monotony (p=0,4810) scores were not observed to be significant predictors of wellness both univariate and multivariate. In summation, this investigation concluded and reinforced the notion that the wellness score is a vital criterion in training and performance monitoring. It was discovered and noted that the continuity of the trainings and the increased intensity of the competition resulted in the wellness score to increase during the second session.