International Journal of Exercise Science 15(1): 1506-1513, 2022. The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship existed between foot reaction time and ankle frontal plane peak torque in female soccer athletes. A one-shot case study design was selected for this investigation. Seventeen female college athletes volunteered to participate. Right and left foot reaction time measurements were assessed using 3x4 switch mats interfaced with a precise timing counter. Participants stood in front of the mat with eyes closed and responded to the auditory stimulus by touching the mat as fast as possible with their foot. Two trials were conducted per foot, and the best time was used to determine the reaction time score per foot. An isokinetic dynamometer assessed inversion and eversion peak torque for both right and left ankle joint at 120°/sec. Left peak torque eversion and right foot reaction time demonstrated a significant negative moderate relationship (r = -0.530; p value = 0.03). Left ankle peak torque eversion does have a significant moderate negative relationship to reaction time of the right foot; therefore, evasive dribbling movements which requires inversion and eversion torque could directly affect foot reaction time, resulting in improved dribbling performance for soccer athletes.
Feehan, Maggie; Shim, Andrew; Cesar, Guilherme M.; and Burggraff, Amy
"Is There a Relationship Between Foot Reaction Time and Ankle Frontal Plane Torque in Female Soccer Athletes: A Pilot Study.,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 15
1, Pages 1506 - 1513.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol15/iss1/13