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Name: Sol B.
Status: student
Age: 18
Location: N/A
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Date: 4/22/2003


Question:
How does the length and mass of a leg kicking a soccer ball affect is momentum?


Replies:
Dear Sol,

In general, the longer the leg and the more massive the leg, the greater momentum could be imparted to the soccer ball. However, this has to be tempered with the fact that you have to train that lovely massive leg to kick the ball properly. But given equal skill levels and on consistent kicking, a player who is taller would have a bigger arc in which to swing the leg, and a bigger leg could generate a greater force. So the ball kicked by the bigger player should go farther.

So strengthen those legs and practice your kicking.

Martha Croll



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