Need info on chest protectors

Need info on chest protectors

Post by TAYLO » Sun, 02 Jun 1996 04:00:00


My wife and I began fencing this past April and are really enjoying
the sport. However, we have found that my wife is very sensitive to
hits to the sternum.  She wears *** protectors, but these don't
help against hits to the upper chest.  We have spoken to a few women
at our club about full chest protectors, but most of them have the
same complaint: the chest protectors they use are cut too low at the
top, allowing painful touches to the upper chest and collar bones.

Does anyone know where we can find a chest protector that will fill in
that gap between the middle of the sternum and where the mask bib
picks up?  Thank you.

 
 
 

Need info on chest protectors

Post by Bruce Mical » Mon, 03 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
>Does anyone know where we can find a chest protector that will fill in
>that gap between the middle of the sternum and where the mask bib
>picks up?  Thank you.

With a little ingenuity, she can take a piece of leather and sew or velcro it
to a plastron so that the sensitive area is covered.  I did this a number of
years ago to protect a bruised rib, although I attached the velcro directly to
the inside of my practice jacket.  The only probelm with this was that the
little circle of stitches that held on the velcro served as a perfect target
for my coach, thus attracting even more hits to the sensitive area!  The
leather worked very well though, so it didn't really matter. The leather idea
also worked a few years later when I first switched to sabre and I was getting
really bad bruises on my arm.  At one point, I actually taped the leather
directly to my arm with athletic tape!  

As she gets better and has more success with parrying and keeping further
away, your wife will probably find that she won't be hit so hard and so
frequently.  She'll probably also get used to it more.  

Beware though...., when my husband hits me too hard, I get really mad at
him!!!!

Jessie
Durendal FC

 
 
 

Need info on chest protectors

Post by Fu Raymond C » Mon, 03 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Date: Sat, 01 JUN 1996 11:14:20 +0100

> Newgroups: rec.sport.fencing
> Subject: Need info on chest protectors

> My wife and I began fencing this past April and are really enjoying
> the sport. However, we have found that my wife is very sensitive to
> hits to the sternum.  She wears *** protectors, but these don't
> help against hits to the upper chest.  We have spoken to a few women
> at our club about full chest protectors, but most of them have the
> same complaint: the chest protectors they use are cut too low at the
> top, allowing painful touches to the upper chest and collar bones.

> Does anyone know where we can find a chest protector that will fill in
> that gap between the middle of the sternum and where the mask bib
> picks up?  Thank you.

Have you tried using a plastron for epee. It's the "under jacket" that's
supposed to stop broken epee blades from turning you into a kebab. Lots
of padding, but very hot and will restrict movement. Nevertheless, it's
essential for all fencers to wear plastrons as broken blades can be leathal!
Hope that helps.

 
 
 

Need info on chest protectors

Post by Kael Sherrar » Wed, 05 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Hi!
I'm probably the wrong person to be replying, but several women I know use
a sheet of stuff they get from medical suppliers cut in quarters that is
quite maleable when warmed in hot water and can be shaped to fit one's own
form.  It is quite hard when cool.  With some straps attached, I gather it
makes ideal chest protectors.  I don't have any current addresses for these women, but you
might be able to reach one of them, Tyrean, through Charles Collier at
1648 Sapphire Trail, Bellingham  WA  98226.
Good luck!
Kael

 
 
 

Need info on chest protectors

Post by Cristin Willia » Wed, 05 Jun 1996 04:00:00

American Fencing Supply carries a plastic protector that I strongly
prefer.  It's one piece, and covers the sternum (and a little more area
all round).  I still occasionally get hits just above it to the collarbone
area, but it's a definite improvement over the "frisbees," IMHO.

-- Cristin

 
 
 

Need info on chest protectors

Post by Simone van Egmon » Tue, 11 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
> Date: Sat, 01 JUN 1996 11:14:20 +0100

> Newgroups: rec.sport.fencing
> Subject: Need info on chest protectors

> My wife and I began fencing this past April and are really enjoying
> the sport. However, we have found that my wife is very sensitive to
> hits to the sternum.  She wears *** protectors, but these don't
> help against hits to the upper chest.  We have spoken to a few women
> at our club about full chest protectors, but most of them have the
> same complaint: the chest protectors they use are cut too low at the
> top, allowing painful touches to the upper chest and collar bones.

> Does anyone know where we can find a chest protector that will fill in
> that gap between the middle of the sternum and where the mask bib
> picks up?  Thank you.

As a fencing lady I can partly relate to your wifes' problem. I fence
for about 6 years now and get bruises when I fence with guys and
as a result of competitions. About a month ago I changed from wearing
*** protectors looking like to small cups to a *** armour, which
is made from plastic and covers more than the cups. It also saves you
from bruises on the side of your ***s and under the weapon arm, as
well as just above. It will not go as high as the mask (one will not
be able to move anymore if it is that way!)
In contrast to what I thought it didnot reduce the movements you need
for fencing. It is not cheap, about USD 70 and you should try some
different brands because one is higher to your chin others are more
covering the sides.
I hope this will not stop you or your wife from fencing, it will get
better once you get more advanced because as novice one tends to run
at eachother like mad man at the same time.
The *** armour together with the plastron is for me a good help.The
plastron is nothing more than an extra layer of cloth of about 800N and
will help but also makes it a lot warmer to fence.

Simone
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