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A Critical Review of the Technique Parameters and Sample Features of Maximal Kicking Velocity in Soccer

Rodríguez-Lorenzo, Lois; Fernandez-del-Olmo, Miguel BA; Martín-Acero, Rafael PhD

Strength and Conditioning Journal: October 2015 - Volume 37 - Issue 5 - p 26–39
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000172
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ABSTRACT THE STUDY OF THE MAXIMAL KICK BALL VELOCITY (MKBV) IN SOCCER IS OF RELEVANCE FOR THE SCORE ACHIEVED IN A SOCCER MATCH. THIS REVIEW FOCUSES ON STUDIES THAT HAVE EXPLORED TECHNIQUE PARAMETERS AND INDIVIDUAL FEATURES THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE MKBV. THE EFFECTS OF AGE, GENDER, LIMB DOMINANCE, PRACTICE DURATION, COMPETITION LEVEL, PLAYING POSITION, AND VARIATIONS IN THE KICKING TECHNIQUE ARE DISCUSSED. WE PROVIDE METHODOLOGICAL SUGGESTIONS THAT MAY HELP IN THE COMPARISON OF RESULTS ACROSS DIFFERENT STUDIES AND THUS LEAD TO A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNDERLYING FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO MAXIMAL KICKING VELOCITY. FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT OF THIS ARTICLE, SEE SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1 (http://links.lww.com/SCJ/A164).

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Learning and Human Movement Control Group, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, University of A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain

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Rodríguez-Lorenzo, Loisis a PhD student of the Faculty of Sports Science and Physical Education (INEF Galicia) at the University of A Coruña.

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Fernandez-del-Olmo, Miguelis an associate professor of the Faculty of Sports Science and Physical Education (INEF Galicia) at the University of A Coruña.

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Martín-Acero, Rafaelis an associate professor of the Faculty of Sports Science and Physical Education.

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