Kicking Performance and Muscular Strength Parameters with Dominant and Nondominant Lower Limbs in Brazilian Elite Professional Futsal Players

in Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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The aims of the current study were to analyze a kick from 10 m in a futsal context and the parameters of muscular strength using an isokinetic dynamometer in a laboratory environment, performed with the dominant (DL) and nondominant lower limbs (NDL). Seventeen professional elite players participated. Kicking performance was evaluated from the second penalty mark. Next, athletes completed a strength evaluation with an isokinetic dynamometer at speeds of 60°⋅s–1, 180°⋅s–1, and 300°⋅s–1. Significant differences were observed for hip (15.64 ± 3.44; 13.97 ± 2.62), ankle (63.19 ± 8.90; 52.55 ± 8.72), foot (82.31 ± 7.93; 68.41 ± 7.85), and ball (99.74 ± 8.45; 88.31 ± 7.93) speeds (km⋅h–1), and average power at 180°⋅s–1 (325.59 ± 40.47; 315.79 ± 39.49 W), but not for accuracy (1.33 ± 0.57; 1.66 ± 0.77 m) between the DL and NDL, respectively. Few moderate correlations were observed in the DL (r = .54–.64) or NDL (r = .53–.55) between the kinematic variables of kick and muscular strength parameters (P < .05). We conclude that highly trained players present asymmetries in kicking motion; however, the imbalance in muscular strength is very small. We recommend that specific court tests be conducted to reliably characterize kicking performance in futsal. Success in kicking seems to be too variable and complex to be totally predicted only by joints, foot and ball speed, and lower limb muscular strength parameters.

Palucci Vieira, de Souza Serenza, Pamplona Mariano, and Pereira Santiago are with the Faculty of Medicine at Ribeirão Preto (FMRP), Post-graduate Program in Rehabilitation and Functional Performance, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil; and Laboratório de Biomecânica e Controle Motor (LaBioCoM), School of Physical Education and Sport of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. De Andrade is with Laboratório de Biomecânica e Controle Motor (LaBio- CoM), School of Physical Education and Sport of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil; and the Institute of Biosciences, Post-graduate Program in Human Movement Science, São Paulo State University “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, Rio Claro, SP, Brazil. De Paula Oliveira is with the Faculty of Medicine at Ribeirão Preto (FMRP), Postgraduate Program in Rehabilitation and Functional Performance, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. Santana is with Laboratório de Biomecânica e Controle Motor (LaBioCoM), School of Physical Education and Sport of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil.

Address author correspondence to Paulo Roberto Pereira Santiago at paulosantiago@usp.br.