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Title: Plantar Pressure Evaluation during the Season in Five Basketball Movements
Authors: Amaro, Catarina M. 
Castro, Maria A. 
Roseiro, Luís 
Neto, Maria A. 
Amaro, Ana M. 
Keywords: basketball; plantar pressure; sports season; sports biomechanics
Issue Date: 2020
Project: FCT - FEDER - UIDB/00285/2020 
Mais Centro Program, Center Region Coordination Committee of EU through European Regional Development Fund. 
Serial title, monograph or event: Applied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volume: 10
Issue: 23
Abstract: Sports activity is extremely important in the health context, with a clear motivation for its practice. One of the sports that involve more athletes is basketball, where the human body undergoes rapid reactions, emphasizing the contact of the foot with the ground. The main goal of the present study is to evaluate the distribution of plantar pressure in five di erent basketball movements. Supported by a group of nine volunteer female athletes from a senior basketball team, a data acquisition protocol was defined to identify the changes that occur throughout the sports season. In this study, the maximum values of plantar pressure were evaluated for both feet. The five movements that were defined and studied are all movements that might be performed during the basketball practice period. To guarantee the necessary conditions of data reliability and repeatability, at least seven repetitions were performed for each movement, which occurred at two di erent moments of the sports season: at the beginning of the competition in November, and at season peak, four months later, in March. Overall, the results obtained did not present statistically significant changes between the two seasons in this study. However, a slight decrease was observed throughout the sporting season for all movements, except for the rebound, where there was a contrary evaluation. Additionally, athletes with a higher level of experience show higher values of plantar pressure than less experienced athletes.
ISSN: 2076-3417
DOI: 10.3390/app10238691
Rights: openAccess
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