Int J Sports Med 1988; 09(5): 349-352
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1025039
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Factors Determining the Preference of Takeoff Leg in Jumping

O. Friberg1 , M. Kvist2
  • 1Research Institute of Military Medicine, Central Military Hospital Helsinki, Finland
  • 2Paavo Nurmi Center of Turku Sports Medical Research Unit Turku, Finland
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14 March 2008 (online)


The takeoff (= push-off) leg in jumping, handedness, and leg length inequality as measured radiographically were recorded for 892 young healthy subjects, 62 of whom were top-level athletic jumpers, 654 competetive athletes representing other sports, and 176 Finnish Army conscripts. Correlation between the laterality of takeoff leg and handedness was poor, but a significant majority (81.4% of jumpers, 65.1% of other athletes, and 76.8% of conscripts) invariably used the longer leg for takeoff. Incidence of leg length inequality was highest in the group of athletic jumpers, the difference between top-level jumpers and runners being statistically significant.