The Velocity of Soccer Kicking and the Laterality of the Lower Extremities

F. Vaverka, M. Janura, and M. Elfmark (Czech Republic)


sports and performance, soccer, laterality, kick


The laterality of the lower extremities is a very important factor influencing the efficiency of soccer players [1]. The main purpose of this research is to focus on the study of differences in the maximum velocity of the soccer ball kicked with the preferred and non-preferred leg and the kinematic variables of the kick. The kinematic analysis (3D, 50 Hz, system APAS) of the kick using the preferred and non-preferred leg was applied to a set of 12 skilled soccer players (age: 15.75 0.45 years, body weight: 69.5 7.59 kg, body height: 177.73 5.82 cm). The execution of the kick was described in addition to the velocity of the ball (preferred leg: 27.68 1.32 m.s-1 , non-preferred leg: 23.49 2.05 m.s-1 ) using 26 measured variables and 13 symmetry indices. Non-parametric statistical methods (STATGRAPHICS, version 5.0) were used. The results confirmed differences in the execution of the kick using the preferred and non-preferred leg and different levels of the relationships between measured variables and the kick ball velocity.

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