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The Impact of Laterality on Soccer Performance

Petro, Bela MA; Szabo, Attila PhD

Strength and Conditioning Journal: October 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 5 - p 66–74
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000246
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ABSTRACT THE PURPOSE OF THIS ANALYSIS IS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE IS A LEFT FOOT ADVANTAGE IN SOCCER PERFORMANCE. THE OUTCOME OF THE REVIEWED ARTICLES SUGGESTS THAT THERE IS A LEFT FOOT ADVANTAGE IN SOCCER, NO MATTER HOW SMALL THAT MAY BE. NEVERTHELESS, THIS CONCLUSION MAY BE TENTATIVE BECAUSE LITTLE WORK WAS CONDUCTED IN THIS AREA AND THE FOCUS IS VERY DIVERSE. THE CURRENT REVIEW RAISES IMPORTANT QUESTIONS FOR FUTURE WORK. THE EXAMINATION OF THE TEMPORAL OCCLUSION PARADIGM AND THE COMPARISON OF SPATIAL ORIENTATIONS AND THE ATTENTIONAL ABILITIES OF RIGHT- AND LEFT-FOOTED SOCCER PLAYERS MAY GENERATE EMPIRICAL WORK IN THE FIELD.

1Doctoral School of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University;

2Department of Personality and Health Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University;

3Institute of Health Promotion and Sport Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University; and

4Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Address correspondence to Dr. Attila Szabo, szabo.attila@ppk.elte.hu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Bela Petrois a PhD candidate in the Department of Personality and Health Psychology at Eötvös Loránd University.

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Attila Szabois an associate professor and a deputy director of the Institute of Health Promotion and Sport Sciences at Eötvös Loránd University.

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