Combat Sports

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This study aims at evaluating the impact forces acting on the blades of swords during a combat. Such forces will be used as input for numerical simulations to estimate the sword durability. Some replicas of the 17th century swords were instrumented with strain gauges and inertial sensors were placed on athletes’ joints to reconstruct arm kinematic. The forces along the two relevant axes are calculated by linear regression of two Wheatstone bridges and results were consistent with previsions. The calibration showed small uncertainty (max 11 N) with the transverse sensitivity being directly included in calibration parameters. In addition, the system was fully synchronized between all its parts and the bandwidth seems sufficient to calculate the impacts.