Kinematic comparison of the preferred and non-preferred foot punt kick

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Ball, Kevin (2011) Kinematic comparison of the preferred and non-preferred foot punt kick. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29 (14). pp. 1545-1552. ISSN 0264-0414 (print) 1466-447X (online)

Abstract

Kicking with the non-preferred leg is important in Australian Football and becoming important in the rugby codes. The aim of this study was to examine differences between preferred and non-preferred leg kicking in the drop punt kick. Seventeen elite Australian Football players performed kicks with the preferred and non-preferred leg. Optotrak Certus collected kinematic data of the kick leg and pelvis (200 Hz) from kick leg toe-off until ball contact. Foot speed, knee and shank angular velocity at ball contact, and pelvis range of motion were significantly larger for the preferred leg (P < 0.05). In contrast, hip and thigh angular velocity at ball contact and hip range of motion were significantly larger for the non-preferred leg. This indicates different movement patterns, with preferred-leg kicks making greater use of the pelvis, knee, and shank while non-preferred leg kicks rely relatively more on the hip and thigh (P < 0.05). Reasons for this difference might be due to locking degrees of freedom or sub-optimal sequencing in the non-preferred leg. The thigh–knee continuum identified by Ball (2008) was also evident in this study. Findings have implications for training non-preferred leg kicking for performance and injury prevention.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9100
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.605163
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0264041...
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Keywords ResPubID23502, Australian Football, drop punt, technique
Citations in Scopus 35 - View on Scopus
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