KINEMATIC DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ‘ONE-FOOTED’ AND ‘TWO-FOOTED’ YOUNG SOCCER PLAYERS KICKING WITH THE NON-PREFERRED LEG

  • Jonathan A. Glynn
  • Stephen T. Poon
  • Benjamin K. Williams
  • Mathew D. Pearson
  • Dino A. Palazzi
  • Pitre C. Bourdon
  • Koichiro Inoue
  • Hiroyuki Nunome
Keywords: Soccer, kicking, kinematics, footedness

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine kinematic differences between ‘one-footed’ and ‘two-footed’ players when kicking with the non-preferred leg at a target and with maximal effort. Eighteen highly-trained young soccer players were categorised as one-footed (n=9) and two-footed (n=9) based on results of a kicking test. Motion analysis data showed that two-footed players run-up straighter and have less pelvic rotation at ball-foot impact than one-footed players and the differences are likely to be meaningful (ES differences of 0.89 and 0.99 respectively). Run-up angle and pelvic rotation angle are significantly correlated (P < 0.1). The study found that two-footed players are significantly smaller in stature than one-footed players (P < 0.1). Practical implications for soccer coaches arose from the study.
Published
2013-09-01
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities