Journal article

Effect of gait retraining on segment coordination and joint variability in individuals with patellofemoral pain

Jason Bonacci, Aaron Fox, Michelle Hall, Joel T Fuller, Bill Vicenzino



BACKGROUND: Gait retraining is advocated for the management of patellofemoral pain. This case series examined changes in lower limb variability following 6-weeks of gait retraining in individuals with patellofemoral pain. METHODS: Six runners with patellofemoral pain completed a 6-week physiotherapist-guided gait retraining program using minimalist footwear and increased cadence. Approximate entropy joint variability and segment coordination variability were calculated across the entire gait cycle during running at baseline, 6 and 12 weeks and compared using repeated measures analysis of variance and the standardised mean difference (SMD). FINDINGS: Compared to baseline, there were large inc..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Tristan Shipsides for his assistance with the study. MH is supported by the Sir Randal Heymanson Research Fellowship from the University of Melbourne. JF has received footwear from ASICS Oceania to undertake separate research and has also received funding from ASICS Oceania to present separate research at Sports Medicine conference,