Following on from the notice last week regarding the University of Hertfordshire’s research study, we now have the dates of their visits confirmed.
As a reminder the research study is “examining the effectiveness of a cooling intervention on fencing performance and recovery of body temperature between fights”.
They are looking for participants who are épéeists, aged 18-50; this is a unique opportunity for those eligible, with the added bonus of no additional travel.
The PhD student running the study – Luke Oates – will be attending several of our training sessions, and will be able to test 2-4 people on each evening.
What do you need to do? • 3 testing sessions, with a different cooling intervention each time • Baseline measures taken • Consume a core temperature pill, wear a heartrate monitor and skin temperature themistors. Small blood samples will be taken from fingertip • Cognitive tests (approx. 10-15mins) to assess mental elements of fencing • Warm-up and footwork drills to simulate poule • 3x D.E. fights per sessions with a 15 minute break to apply cooling intervention
As mentioned participants will need to take part in THREE sessions and there are a number of visits planned: • Wednesday 31 July • Monday 5 August • Wednesday 7 August • Wednesday 14 August • Monday 19 August • Wednesday 21 August • Wednesday 28 August • Monday 2 September • Wednesday 11 September • Wednesday 18 September • Wednesday 25 September
These dates have also been added to the website calendar.
Remember, only 2-4 fencers can be tested on any given night – e.g. if 10 sign up for one of the sessions Luke will only be able to test 4 of them.
**To assist with scheduling please contact email HertsUni to contact Luke, who is running the study, to indicate which 3 or more of the above dates you can attend. **
Finally, in return for allowing Herts Uni to run the testing at the Club the researcher - who’s background is as a physiologist and performance analyst - has offered to run any Sports Science-related workshops we might want – e.g. recovery, nutrition, performance analysis, training/fitness etc. If this is of interest then please let us know!!
This is a great opportunity so we hope that those eligible make the most of it