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Physics of Zlatan


mnich7

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In soccer the power of your shot can be the difference between a very good goal and a shot the goal keeper having no problem with the shot. But what goes into creating a more powerful shot? What determines this is the amount of torque one can create when you move your leg in the cyclical movement when striking a soccer ball. In the equation,  T = F * r , you are clearly able to see that the amount of torque created by your shot is determined by the length of your leg that you are pivoting around in a partial circular motion. This brings to the soccer legend, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He stands at 6' 5" much taller then most all soccer players. As well as a tremendous amount of skill, what sets him apart as an incredible player is his physical attributes. The longer leg that he has to strike the  ball creates more torque in the circular motion of his leg. He may have the same amount of force being put into the shot however because torque is directly proportional to radii, Zlatan can create an extremely powerful shot relative to his peers.

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