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The supporting leg is the leg whose foot currently bears the body weight. Part of the normal course of movement is that one leg is always loaded (standing leg), the other unloaded (free leg ). The same goes for dancing .

Even when standing, one leg can remain unloaded or carry little weight, while the other leg serves as a supporting leg. In the sculptural art of the Greek classical period , the mainstay is part of the counter post based on the model of Polyklet .

In the language of business is called the part of a company mainstay , which is a solid source of income - in ignorance of the meaning of the word is sometimes spoken of a "second pillar".

Foothold in basketball

In basketball , the foot of the supporting leg stays firmly on the ground when you take a star step . In the case of a step stop , the standing leg is always the leg that touched the floor first; in the case of a parallel stop, the player may choose which leg to stand. It may then no longer be changed. If a player dribbles normally while walking and then picks up the basketball, the leg is the main leg that is on the ground at the time he is holding the ball. With the leg that is still in the air and placed on the ground after completing the step, he may touch the floor of the playing field as often as he likes without making a step error . This is called a star step. However, after the star step movement, the standing leg may be raised for the purpose of a throw or pass ("dissolved star step"), but not be put back on. This possibility arises, for example, from the lay-up movement, in which the first contact, i.e. the supporting leg, is also raised before throwing onto the basket.

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