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The influence of dive direction on the movement characteristics for elite football goalkeepers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19891201     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study biomechanically quantified the movement patterns for six elite goalkeepers making diving saves to their preferred and non-preferred side at three different dive heights. Synchronised three-dimensional kinematic and kinetic biomechanical data analysis found diving direction to significantly (P < 0.05) influence the movement patterns of the diving save. The non-preferred side displayed greater lateral rotation of the pelvis and thorax at the initiation event. These over-rotational differences were reduced during the time on plate phase with the thorax displaying no significant difference at take-off; although a difference still remained for the pelvis. These over rotations were subsequently linked to greater peak knee joint moments, lower peak ankle joint moments, less hip extension at take-off, and for the centre of mass (COM) to travel slower and less directly to the ball, as measured by the net projection angle at take-off. These results indicate that joint movements in the transverse plane at or before the initiation event for the dive for the pelvis and thorax are the causation for subsequent asymmetries. These observed differences indicate that there is an advantage in having prior knowledge of limb preference in an opposing goalkeeper.
Wayne Spratford; Rebecca Mellifont; Brendan Burkett
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sports biomechanics / International Society of Biomechanics in Sports     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1476-3141     ISO Abbreviation:  Sports Biomech     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-06     Completed Date:  2009-12-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101151352     Medline TA:  Sports Biomech     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  235-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Biomechanics Department, Australian Institute of Sport, Belconnen, ACT, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Hip Joint / physiology*
Movement / physiology*
Pelvis / physiology*
Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
Range of Motion, Articular / physiology*
Soccer / physiology*
Thorax / physiology*
Young Adult

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