BIOMECHANICAL COMPARISON OF THE STANDARD AND HANDSPRING SOCCER THROW-IN

  • Eugene W. Brown
  • Winifred Witten
  • Byeong Hwa Ahn
  • Mohammed Usman

Abstract

The rules of play (3) restrict the variability in technique used for the throw-in. They define the location and method for the throw-in. However, even with these restrictions, considerable variability exists in this important skill. Differences are evident in the approach (a run followed by a hop or no approach), feet position at release (side straddle or staggard straddle), and technique (standard or handspring). In the past, the throw-in was primarily used as a method of restarting play. More recently, there has been greater emphasis on throw-ins to project the ball long distances. This is especially true when the throw-in is taken near an opponent's goal line. Under these conditions, a long throwin can be as effective as a corner kick.
Published
2008-04-18
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities