Force and power of preferred and non-preferred leg in young soccer players

J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 1992 Dec;32(4):358-63.


The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of soccer training on strength and power of leg extensor muscles in preadolescent boys and their possible influence in developing a muscular lateral dominance. Twenty male children (mean age 9.6 yr), ten soccer players and ten untrained subjects, participated in this study. Force and power were measured at five constant cranking velocities on an isokinetic bicycle dinamometer. Each isokinetic load was given after each trial. Force and power outputs were calculated for each limb. Soccer players always showed higher and statistically significant differences (p < 0.05) for force and power values for all considered pedal frequencies. No significant differences were observed for force and power values between preferred and non preferred limb. The results demonstrate the effect of soccer training on the increase of force and power of both legs regardless of lateral dominance.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Child
  • Exercise Test
  • Humans
  • Leg / physiology*
  • Male
  • Muscle Contraction
  • Physical Education and Training
  • Physical Exertion*
  • Soccer*