December 21, 2009

Please help me with this question :-)

Right-Hand wrote:

Hi, i am doing some research about how common it is for left handed to use or prefer to use the left leg and the left foot like as i prefer to use my right leg and right foot as being right handed? For example as a man when i want to kick a football, soccer ball i prefer to use my right leg, foot. Or just need to do something with my foot i usually automatically use my right foot. I would be very gratefull if you could help me with these questions...Love to your all and merry christmas and happy new year...from Petri in Sweden.


  1. Yes, I am left-footed, so to speak. I think it just goes with the territory, really. I've just assumed that my whole life, anyway. Left-handed people are also left-footed, and vice-versa.

  2. I'm completely left sided, I use left foot and left hand.

  3. I am a lefty and I kick with my right foot.

  4. I'm a lefty and kick with my right foot.

  5. I'm primarily left-handed but when I played soccer as a little kid I kicked with my right foot the majority of the time. I believe it has to do with how you learned. For example, a lot of people are left handed because they didn't have some one holding their hand while they wrote, they just watched so it was like looking in a mirror. With sports and what not, you usually learn by doing.

  6. I like what Summer wrote about learning and habit formation.

    Responding to your question, an interesting point was made by Prof. Stanley Coren in Canada, who writes in "The Left-Hander Syndrome" that the training question (relative to the reversal of a child's dominant handedness) can play out in two ways. In both cases, there is a linkage to the question of the dominant foot that you may find interesting.

    First, based on environmental cues, a personal preference to adapt to the majority behavior of right-handed peers can create pressures on the left-handed child to reverse their handedness in order to fit in.

    A second learning process can occur due to the deliberate application of training forces by adults that force the child to reverse their handedness to match the adult's preferences for the child's expression of handedness. In both cases the learn by doing method is at work.

    When a child's dominant handedness has been reversed, I refer to that individual as a Submergee as a way of expressing the fact that their innate handedness has been reversed by this process. The same term applies to both left-handed and right-handed individuals whose handedness has been reversed.

    Retraining pressures on handedness, whether they are applied by observation or by adults, are typically directed at the most visible manifestations of handedness, such as altering the hand used for eating and handwriting, use of toothbrush, throwing etc.

    Because the reversal training (learning by doing) is typically focused on the hand, innate footedness of the Submergee is usually left intact. In the case of a left-handed person who has become a right-handed Submergee, they will normally remain left-footed, assuming that their innate laterality prior to the reversal was dominant on the left side for both limbs.

    When interviewing a potential Submergee candidate to see if they might have this history, a good question to ask is which leg is placed into their clothes first when dressing. This can be a good clue to consider since this movement of the feet is normally excluded from the focus of the Submergee training process.

    In my experience, a majority of left-handers are left-footed and most right-handers are right-footed, which accords with published research.

    Prof. Chris McManus in the U.K. makes the point that there is a sub-category of laterality expression which he refers to as "Indeterminate Handedness". This category provides a means of dealing with the fact that uniform laterality isn't present in all individuals when looking at patterns of laterality for a range of tasks including throwing, writing, utensil use and the laterality of the dominant foot and eye. See the book "Right Hand Left Hand" by McManus for more, or if you are interested in handedness reversals, see my book "Hidden Handedness" at


  7. I prefer to use my left hand or foot whenever I can but am forced to use my right for many things and it always bothers me

  8. I use right foot, I use the right hand for many things as well. There may be some mirroring reasoning for why I douse both hands and favormy right foot. My son who is right handed also uses both hands but uses the right foot. So ???

  9. I am left-handed and left-footed (for example in soccer). I have met live one person who has the same thing as I have, and one in Internet before coming to this page.

  10. I'm left-handed but use mostly my right foot such as when some one pushes you from behind, I step out with my right foot. My friend though is right-handed, but when you push her from behind, she steps out with her left foot.

  11. left handed, kick with right.


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