Injury prevention

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether amateur soccer players alter their instep technique in response to self-paced exercise. Comparison of the dominant (D) and non-dominant limbs (ND) was also carried out. Twelve male amateur soccer players performed 10 consecutive trials of instep kick for both lower limbs, prior to and following the completion of a 30-minute self-paced treadmill running protocol. Three-dimensional ground reaction forces and kinematic data were recorded during each instep. Only a minimal change in movement technique during the instep-kick self-paced exercise were demonstrated suggest that players more sensitive to fatigue effects during ND-instep compared to D-instep. This was due to lower limb dominance bias, with lower skill proficiency for the performance of ND-instep.