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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00220

Laterality-specific training improves mental rotation performance in young soccer players

  • 1Institute of Sport Science, University of Regensburg, Germany

This study investigates the influence of specific soccer training with the non-dominant leg on mental rotation performance of 20 adolescent soccer players between 10 and 11 years of age. While the experimental group performed soccer specific tasks only with the non-dominant foot once a week for ten weeks, the control group absolved the same excercises with the dominant foot for the same period of time. Both groups performed a mental rotation task and shot, dribbling and ball control tests before and after the ten week intervention. The most relevant result was that the experimental group showed a significantly larger increase in mental rotation ability than the control group.

Keywords: mental rotation, laterality, Soccer training, laterality specific training, Visual-spatial abilities

Received: 12 Oct 2017; Accepted: 09 Feb 2018.

Edited by:

Sergio Machado, Salgado de Oliveira University, Brazil

Reviewed by:

Bernadette A. Murphy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Alessandra Galmonte, University of Trieste, Italy  

Copyright: © 2018 Pietsch and Jansen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Stefanie Pietsch, University of Regensburg, Institute of Sport Science, Universitätsstr. 31, Regensburg, 93053, Germany,