Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physical Education


The purpose of this investigation was to compare the soccer “instep kick” technique and the “traditional” kick technique used in place-kicking to determine whether one method is more efficient and the more effective to teach to subjects with no previous kicking experience than the other. The following procedure was employed in this investigation. Twenty subjects were chosen at random form the required freshmen physical education classes at South Dakota State University. Two experimental groups were determined and equated from the results of the Sargent Jump Test. The groups were determined randomly to be Group A (Instep Kick) and Group B (Traditional) kicking groups. The subjects in both groups practiced their techniques for a period of twenty-four days. Each subject completed 700 practice kicks. At the end of each kicking session the subjects kicked five kicks for score. The kicks for score were used to chart a learning curve. At the end of the twenty-four day kicking period the subjects were tested over a two-day period. The subjects kicked fifteen kicks for score on each of these two days. Statistical procedures were applied to the data. As a result of the findings obtained during this investigation, the following conclusions appear warranted: Either technique of place-kicking could be taught successfully to football players. In the investigator’s opinion the “instep kick” was mastered more quickly than the “traditional” kick. There was no statistical significant difference between the improvements of the two groups.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

South Dakota State University -- Football
Kicking (Football)




South Dakota State University