THE SUCCESS OF A SOCCER KICK DEPENDS ON RUN UP DECELERATION

  • W. Potthast
  • K. Heinrich
  • J. Schneider
  • G. Brueggemann

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to relate the motion of the centre of mass (CoM) during run ups in soccer full insteps kicks with the obtained ball speeds. Nineteen experienced play-ers performed kicks onto the goal and their full body kinematics as well as ball motion were analysed in three dimensions using two high speed video cameras. Higher decel-erations of the CoM with the last step are associated with higher ball velocities and higher thigh angular impulses. Those data suggest, that an intensive breaking of the CoM veloc-ity provides a prerequisite to transfer a portion of the CoM impulse into angular impulse of the thigh. High angular impulse of the thigh however can be beneficial for fast instep kicks.
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Coaching and Sports Activities