Title

Biomechanics of normal and anterior cruciate ligament deficient gait under braced and unbraced conditions.

Date of Award

1992

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

Keywords

Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Therapy.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purposes of this study were to evaluate the running mechanics of normal and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)-deficient individuals, and to investigate the running mechanics of normal and ACL-deficient individuals while wearing a derotation knee brace. Seven ACL-deficient males and seven uninjured males participated. Subjects were filmed during braced and unbraced straight-line running across a force platform. Selected kinematic and kinetic parameters were calculated to quantify the differences between normal and ACL-deficient individuals, and the effect of bracing the knee. It appears that ACL-deficiency may not alter the running mechanics of well-rehabilitated individuals during a low-risk, non-fatigued running task. Bracing the knee seemed to have no effect on the gait mechanics of normal or ACL-deficient individuals. Future studies may benefit from examining the muscle moments at the occurrence of specific events during the support period. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Kinesiology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .E337. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-04, page: 1775. Thesis (M.H.K.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.