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Postural control analysis during a standardized kick task in soccer athletes

Oliveira-Alves Bruno Mazziotti, da Silva Rubens Alexandre, Rosa Luciano Moreira, de Mesquita Thiago Rosa, de Oliveira Paulo Rui, Lima Burigo Ricardo et Amorim Cesar F.. (2018). Postural control analysis during a standardized kick task in soccer athletes. Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte, 24, (2), p. 89-96.

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Postural control is a determining factor for functional performance and motor skills during sports activities.


The objective of this study was to investigate postural control during the controlled soccer ball kicking task through a biomechanical analysis system.


The sample consisted of 11 professional male athletes recruited using convenience sampling, with a mean age of 22 years. The athletes performed twenty-five precision kicks at a target, with the ball in vertical motion released by means of a hand-held device synchronized with the computed biomechanical measurements. Marking of the lower limb segments involved in the kick and the ball were analyzed by accelerometry, while postural control measures were quantified by a force platform in three axes of movement. The support leg was investigated in single leg stance during all tests on the force platform. The main variables of postural control calculated by stabilographic analysis and computed during the 25 kicks were: center of pressure (COP) displacement area, velocity and frequency of COP oscillation in the anteroposterior and mediolateral directions. The mean was used for final analysis to determine the differences in the three phases: pre-kick, kick, and post-kick.


The results revealed significant differences (p <0.01) between the three phases, with the kick phase presenting higher values of postural COP oscillations than the other phases. The COP area and oscillation velocity were the variables with greatest sensitivity to changes in the kick phase, obtaining an effect size of d = 14 and d = 12, respectively. In clinical terms, the increase in COP values reached 557% between the pre-kick and kick phases; this difference was reduced to 241% when compared to post-kick (i.e., difference between kick and post-kick was 316%).


These results have important implications for the perception of postural control responses during soccer ball kicks and consequently, for injury prevention when motor and sensory deficits are diagnosed in soccer players. Level of Evidence III; Study of nonconsecutive patients; without consistently applied reference ‘‘gold’’ standard.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
Pages:p. 89-96
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Sujets:Sciences de la santé
Sciences de la santé > Sciences de l'activité physique et réadaptation
Sciences de la santé > Sciences de l'activité physique et réadaptation > Physiothérapie
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences de la santé > Unité d'enseignement en physiothérapie
Mots-clés:postural oscillation, soccer, physiotherapy therapy specialty
Déposé le:05 juin 2019 17:47
Dernière modification:05 juin 2019 17:47
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