Kicking with high ball speed is important across football codes. Maintaining a firm ankle during impact has been used as a coaching cue to improve kick performance. However, biomechanical studies of human kickers have identified conflicting results, questioning its effectiveness. Recent mechanical modelling has identified reduced ankle plantarflexion was associated with increased impact efficiency, and the aim of this paper was to determine if reduced ankle plantarflexion was associated with increased impact efficiency in human kickers. An intra-individual analysis of human players was performed. Foot-ball impact characteristics were recorded at 4,000 Hz. Impact efficiency was highest when ankle plantarflexion during impact was minimised (
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Peacock, James and Ball, Kevin
"MAINTAINING A FIRM ANKLE: AN EFFECTIVE COACHING CUE FOR IMPROVING FOOTBALL KICKING?,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 36:
1, Article 98.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol36/iss1/98