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Do goalkeepers always go to the ground to collect a rolling ball?

Not a rule in any way, the goalkeeper can pick the ball up just about any way they like (if they're in their own penalty area, obviously). What they're trying to avoid here is any chance of a bobble ...
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Improving weak foot

As someone who's only good football skills is good shots with both feet, here's my approach once I decided to improve my weak foot. Go to a football field, go to the penalty spot and start shooting ...
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High jump: Why is it not allowed to take off on both feet, do flip flops etc?

As aqwert said, gymnasts use a spring floor. As a metric for how high a gymnast can launch, I checked out this video of a quadruple twist in a floor routine. Kenzo Shirai is 1.64m (5'5") tall. At 1:...
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Why do the olympic beach volleyball teams not set?

It has always been the case that overhand sets have been judged very strictly in beach volleyball. Players can and do make overhand sets - see for example, a couple of points from the Rio Grand Slam ...
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Why does it matter how we end up a shoot or a pass, in terms of the footwork involved?

If I understand your question right, I think it is matter of physics. What you are saying would make sense if the foot and the ball are perfectly hard objects: when they collide, there is only one ...
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How much faster/more useful is swimming under water?

There are a few factors to take into account here. First of all, you'll note that this technique was never really used for freestyle events. That means that the ability to swim via underwater ...
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Sweeping actions in curling

Yes it is possible to estimate the effectiveness of sweeping on a curling rock. There have been numerous studies to determine the answer to this question. I have personally participated in several ...
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How are women gymnasts performing with long nails?

I'm not someone who competes with long nails, so my answer is based on what I've seen. It's not uncommon to see women with long nails in sports like gymnastics, tennis, athletics, etc. They don't ...
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How to improve my Swimming technique? Help please

I highly recommend Total Immersion Swimming or similar programs. stop kicking hard, it's a waste of energy and oxygen. find your natural buoyancy point and swim there. Any effort in swimming UP is ...
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What factors does the shot power depend on and how can it be improved?

Here's a link to a tutorial from Jared Montz, a former pro soccer player in the MLS. How to Shoot a Soccer Bal with Power Basic Key Points: Ankle Locked, toe down, use laces (you don't hit ...
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Leaning at the end of a running race?

Leaning at the end is called a "dip" and it's part of the finishing technique. Those who do it well place higher than those who don't. An article provides videos of races won and lost in the last 10 ...
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Do the type of cleats matter?

There are four main types of shoes that footballers commonly use. Soft ground shoes consist of a small number of long studs (usually 6 - 8 ) that penetrate wet or loose soil / mud to provide traction....
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In volleyball, which part of the hand should you hit the ball with in an underhand serve?

I have basically seen three different techniques: The palm of the open hand. Here you just try to hit the ball with your open hand slightly bent to make contact from the fingers to the root of your ...
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Is there any template situation when it is more likely for doing nutmeg?

Well, this is pretty objective, but the right time for a nutmeg is when it's the easiest move to pull off considering the inherent risk involved with it (i.e. kicking the ball straight towards the ...
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Correcting a tennis serve with too much rotational motion

If you alter the location of your toss, both left to right and how far into the court vs above you it goes, that's going to alter the angle and movement or the racquet at the exact moment of impact. ...
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Do goalkeepers always go to the ground to collect a rolling ball?

Goalkeepers will go the ground for one of two reasons, to avoid a spill that an opponent can challenge for, or a minor error leading to the ball going past them they doubt they will collect it before ...
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How to throw farther

It is hard to say without knowing your age, body type/build, and seeing your mechanics. Considering you can only throw 45 yds (135 ft. I am going to use ft. from now on because everything in baseball ...
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Difference between hit the tennis ball in different positions

Generally, if the ball is able to be hit from a higher position, more power can be put into the shot because the ball needs less overspin to clear the net, with the power of the shot going into the ...
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How to limit something that pulls me to the right when swimming?

There must be an imbalance in your stroke. The most likely being a difference in your arm strokes, or in the degree that you are rolling side-to-side for each arm in freestyle (crawl). Have a look at ...
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Swimming: why can I not front crawl?

Aquaskine has it, Total Immersion is awesome. Swimming is one of the lovely things in life where you'll get 10x better by doing it smarter rather than trying harder. It breaks down like this: Most ...
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How much faster/more useful is swimming under water?

I have been in the swimming world since 1978. Swimming competitively at all levels minus Olympics/Worlds. I have coached world champions and country club only athletes. What everyone has to realize is ...
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Serving advantage of tall players

Shortly: YES! A taller athlete is able to perform a service more like a "smash" than a shorter athlete because of the higher point of impact. Above you can find a relation between player height and ...
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Soccer: How to thwart someone who's pushing you on the back when receiving the ball

I have played as a defender against some very frustrating strikers with larger frames. The good ones lean back a bit, expecting some contact, and concentrate on shielding the ball. They don't let a ...
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In volleyball, which part of the hand should you hit the ball with in an underhand serve?

To start by stating the obvious: as soon as you've played a small amount of volleyball, you really want to be learning how to do an overarm serve. That said, an underhand serve is typically performed ...
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Is an advantage for a left-handed to play volleyball?

There are some advantages for right-hand side players (setters and opposites): in the same way that it's easier for a right-hander to hit down the line from the left-hand side of the court, it's ...
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How to coach a player out of bad habits?

By using the principles outlined in "The Art of Learning" by Josh Waitzkin and "Body Mind Mastery" by Dan Millman, I have seen the greatest results from paying attention to Balance, movement ...
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What is the science behind reverse swing?

Reverse swing comes into play when the ball gets older, you may have seen bowlers cleaning a partial surface(side) of the ball. This Is done to enhance the reverse swing later in the innings. After a ...
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What is the science behind reverse swing?

Reverse swing is the swing a bowler gets with the old ball towards the shiny side of the old ball rather than the conventional swing a bowler gets. If a bowler is bowling an outswinger, reverse-swing ...
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