View Full Version : contralateral arm-leg coordination in volleyball spike

Jos Vanrenterghem
05-05-2004, 07:28 PM
Dear Biomch-L list-member,

I am a teaching and research assistant in the department of movement and
sports sciences at Ghent University (Belgium). In an ongoing study
regarding the volleyball spike, I fail to find some crucial information,
which led to this posting:

Our study is meant to compare two different run-up and take off
strategies for the execution of a volleyball spike. Apparently, in elite
volleyball, some right-handed players use a right-left-right
strategy of foot placement instead of the commonly instructed
left-right-left strategy.
In order to study this rarity, the question arises why commonly
a left-right-left strategy is instructed and used (also in other throwing
activities like handball, javelin throwing...). As to my knowledge, there
is no available literature that explains/suggests the true reason(s) for
this so-called contralateral arm-leg coordination in discete movements
like the above. That is, the throwing arm is accompanied by a
contralateral support leg in the final stance phase (right handed players
have left foot support).

Looking forward to any opinions, suggestions or references...

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Jos Vanrenterghem
Movement Analysis Lab
Prof. Dirk De Clercq, PhD and Prof. Matthieu Lenoir, PhD
Department of Movement and Sports Sciences
Ghent University, Watersportlaan 2, B-9000 Gent, BELGIUM
Tel.:+32(0), Fax.:+32(0)

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