Motor Control

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The aim of this study was to explore the kinematic variations in knee and ankle joints and the ground reaction force between habitually barefoot (HBM) and shod males (HSM) during countermovement jump. Twenty-eight males (14 HBM,14 HSM) participated in this experiment. An 8-camera Vicon motion system was used to collect the kinematic data of knee and ankle joints from 3 dimensions and the force plate was used to collect the ground reaction force in take-off phase. Results in take-off phase showed that HSM produced two peak forces to take off and showed significantly greater knee ROM in sagittal plane, as well as greater ankle inversion and external rotation. In conclusion, the foot morphological differences can result in the different influence on jump performance. The relevant practioner should pay close attention to the effect of foot morphology on jump in training.