Motor control

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of sex and planning time on spatial and temporal-level whole-body centre of mass (CoM) mechanics during the performance of the sidestep manoeuvre. Nine female and nine male collegiate team sport athletes completed seven anticipated and seven unanticipated sidestepping trials, during which three-dimensional CoM data were recorded. In addition to having a lower vertical CoM position during the preparatory phase (p < 0.05), female athletes were found to have lower anterior-posterior velocity, but greater vertical velocity during the stance phase in comparison with their male counterparts (p < 0.05). The findings provide evidence that female and male athletes utilise different whole-body dynamic control strategies to perform both anticipated and unanticipated sidestep manoeuvres.