There are dangers in almost every sport, but the sport of fencing has fewer than most. It’s not just the training, but the protective gear and competition methodology that make this sport among the safest out there.
Protective Fencing Gear
From the fencing mask or helmet right down to the longer socks, every area of the body is taken into consideration. After all, you can’t have people making any sort of a strike with weapons and not have the common sense to add a bit of padding to the mix. Many sports offer protective gear though. Fencing just happens to be one of the few sports that is proactive as well, and provides a layer of protection with the weapon itself.
In the days of old, points were scored by those observing the match. They carefully watched where a strike was made, and recorded the correct numbers. Today, modern technology does its part by playing an active role in the match and scoring. When a fencer makes contact with their opponent, electronics in the tip of the blade are triggered, so that the match doesn’t rely on damage to the opponent or only the naked eye.
If you happen to be a parent, guardian, or someone who is interested in the sport of fencing, know that there is far more danger in eating habits and lack of exercise than there is in a fencing match. Keeping hydrated, eating the proper nutrients so that your body is prepared for the exercise and getting enough sleep for the body to get a healthy amount of rest is just as important as the padding on the uniform. In short, you’re far more likely to pull a muscle from lack of hydration and exercise than you are of getting hurt by your opponent in the sport of fencing.