We thank Sanchis-Moysi and Calbet for their interest in our article (3). Sanchis-Moysi and Calbet have queried whether or not musculoskeletal asymmetry exists in the lower-leg of Australian football players (aka Australian Rules Football) and have attempted to compare their findings in soccer to justify their concerns. It appears that Sanchis-Moysi and Calbet have treated these sports as synonymous, despite demonstrating that degrees of asymmetry (if any) vary between sports (7). Because musculoskeletal adaptations are site-specific and sport-specific, Australian football should be cautiously compared with soccer as different kicking actions are used (i.e., drop punt versus in-step kick), with distinct kinetic and kinematic profiles between the two sports.
- musculoskeletal asymmetry
- Australian football
- musculoskeletal adaptations
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)