A question of foot dominance

J Gen Psychol. 1996 Oct;123(4):289-96. doi: 10.1080/00221309.1996.9921281.


It is suggested that the popular definition of foot dominance (i.e., the limb preferred to execute a manipulative or mobilizing action while the other [nondominant] foot provides stabilizing support, e.g., kicking a ball) be reconsidered in light of understanding the functional characteristics of footedness and selected theoretical explanations. Relevance to future research designs and assessment methodology is discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Foot
  • Functional Laterality*
  • Humans
  • Locomotion
  • Motor Skills*
  • Postural Balance
  • Posture
  • Weight-Bearing