Modelling / Simulation

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The purpose of this study was to reconstruct sabre fencing head impacts from real video events to examine the protective capabilites of a fencing mask taking into account the velocity of the sabre blade tip and dominant wrist during head contacts. Eighteen videos selected from YouTube were analysed using Peak Motus® motion analysis software. A pneumatic linear impactor was used to simulate sabre fencing head impact events, which included impacts on the front and sides. Each event was replicated 10 times to ensure consistency. The outcome revealed moderate to high reliability across replications. The front location appeared to mitigate more linear impact acceleration than the side during combat. The results provided some information about the behaviour and protective capabilities of a fencing mask during dynamic impacts for future research studies.