Fencing, also known as “physical chess,” is a highly dynamic sport which, in addition to physical fitness, requires good strategy and quick thinking for success. Once your fencer starts training, you may notice that they develop improved coordination, agility, and speed. Mentally, you may also see that their focus, self-control, and confidence grow. Not only will these qualities contribute to your fencer’s general wellness, they are associated with better performance in school.
Compared to other college sports such as football, basketball, or baseball, fencing has one of the highest rates of conversion from practicing in high school to continuation into college. Forty-six universities offer NCAA fencing programs, and even more host competitive fencing clubs. All members of the Ivy League host either a fencing club or NCAA program. Not only does fencing increase the value of your fencer’s college application, it can be a source of significant scholarship funding.
Compared to other college sports, fencing, despite being a sport that originated in sword-fighting, has a very low rate of serious injuries. This is due to highly regulated safety protocols during events as well as use of equipment which is manufactured to very high standards. Unlike sports such as rugby, American football, soccer, and lacrosse, there is less risk of serious, sports career-ending, injury.
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