• Pui-Iam Wong
  • Youlian Hong
Keywords: stress, football, running


The present study aimed to compare the plantar pressure among four soccer movements and to identify the plantar areas where high pressure was exerted. 15 male soccer players participated in the study. Four movements were conducted: running, sideward cutting, 45-degree cutting, and jump landing. Each footprint was divided into 10 masked areas for analysis. One-way ANOVA with repeated measures showed differences (P < 0.05) in peak pressure and pressure-time integral in all masked areas among the four movements. As compared to running, sideward cutting and 45-degree cutting had higher peak pressure (P < 0.05) under the second toe, medial forefoot, medial arch, and medial heel, while jump landing had lower peak pressure under the medial forefoot and lateral forefoot (P < 0.05). Pressure-time integral showed that sideward cutting and 45-degree cutting had higher values (P < 0.05) than running under all masked areas except on the lateral forefoot and the lateral arch. Among these movements, higher pressure was found on the medial side of the plantar surface and these areas may have higher risk of injury.