Nicolas H. Hart, Sophia Nimphius, Jason Weber, Tania Spiteri, Michael Dobbin, Timo Rantalainen, Robert U. Newton

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Dear Editor-in-Chief,

We thank Sanchis-Moysi and Calbet for their interest in our article. 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. 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...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2581-2582
Number of pages2
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • musculoskeletal asymmetry
  • Australian football
  • Footballers
  • lower-leg
  • musculoskeletal adaptations
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)


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