Hand preference in the acquisition of beginning fencing skill

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Susan Ann Linder (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Pauline Loeffler

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between hand preference and the acquisition of beginning foil fencing skill. The subjects included two classes of beginning fencing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the fall semester 1974-75. The morning class had 18 subjects and the afternoon class had 14 subjects. The hand preference score for each subject was determined at the beginning of the semester by administering the Crovitz and Zener Handedness Questionnaire. The morning class subjects were assigned to use the nonpreferred hand as the fencing hand for the entire semester while the afternoon class subjects were assigned to use the preferred hand. To determine foil fencing skill, the Bower General Fencing Ability Test was administered twice during the semester. At the end of the semester, round robin tournaments were held in each class to get another indicator of fencing skill. The relationship between the hand preference scores and the fencing skill test scores was analyzed by using the Pearson product-moment method of correlation. The significance level was set at a 0.05 critical value for a two-tailed test. No correlation coefficients were found to be significant in either group.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1975

Email this document to