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How to Prevent Burnout

How to prevent burnout in fencingA few weeks ago, for the first time in four years of writing and operating this blog, we didn’t post a blog or send an email. This was both nerve wracking and also somewhat of a relief. While we always have many blogs that Igor and I are writing, we chose to take a much needed break for us, for our family, and actually for the first time in a very long time…go on a vacation.

Our fencing kids, all competitive youth fencers, train about four or five times a week, sometimes up to 3 hours, and in addition to their training and regular competitions, as every other child they have their homework and bunch of other extracurricular activities.  

As a fencing family, we are particularly aware of the concept burnout as it applies to our fencing kids, and to ourselves as parents of fencers. For us, taking a vacation was an important step to preventing a scenario of burnout that could affect the whole family.

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5 Common Fencing Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Common Fencing InjuriesFor all of the intellectual rigor that goes along with fencing, there’s certainly an element of physical rigor that goes along with this sport as well. Though we strongly believe that fencing is one of the safest sports out there (and there’s plenty of research to back that up), we also recognize that every sport has its share of common injuries. That’s because, even though fencing is truly a full body sport, you’re still using some the same parts of the body over and over again as you move and train.  Those parts of the body are naturally going to be more prone to injury.

The good news is that the fencer has plenty of resources to help the body stay fit and strong and active throughout the fencing process.

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Foam Rollers – A Secret to Helping the Fencer’s Body

Foam Rollers - A Secret to Helping the Fencer’s BodyHave you ever seen one of these things? Foam rollers have been a secret of athletes who are working to loosen their bodies for many years, dating all the way back the 1950’s. Like many workout tools, they’re something that can look a little strange if you’ve never seen one before, but trust us when we say that they’re definitely a good thing for your body.

What foam rollers do

A foam roller is a large cylinder of hollow plastic that’s covered in textured foam. They can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but they’re generally about the size of a large log of wood. They work like a massage to loosen tight muscles and help reduce aches associated with training. Unlike a massage, you don’t need anyone else to help you when you use a foam roller.

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Fencing Sharpens Your Brain – How Fencing Prevents Cognitive Decline

Fencing Sharpens Your Brain – How Fencing Prevents Cognitive DeclineWe all know that it’s important to keep our brains sharp as we get older. What’s so challenging to figure out is how to make that happen. People often talk about reading or doing puzzles as the best ways to keep the mind sharp, but those kinds of mental only activities can only go so far. More and more, scientists are discovering that in order to get the most benefit, you need to do activities throughout life that are both physically AND mentally engaging at the same time. It turns out that fencing is one of the best ways to do that.

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Risk vs Danger in Fencing

Opportunity and risk vs danger in fencingMaybe it’s the fact that we’re holding weapons, but many people believe that there is a fair amount of danger in the sport of fencing. It’s one of the things that makes the sport romantic, even though it is one of the safest sports that a child or an adult can participate in.

Risk and danger are two ideas that are easily and often conflated. They are by no means the same thing. There are many good and noble reasons that risk is a part of what we do as fencers. Danger on the other hand is not something that we want to be a part of the equation.

Learning to take positive risks in life is a powerful way that we can learn to move forward and to grow as fencers as well as to grow as people. Partaking in dangerous activities isn’t the same thing, as doesn’t offer the same rewards as risk taking. Understanding the difference between the two can help fencers to grow.

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