Thesis / Dissertation

Influence of female pubertal development and athletic footwear on lower limb biomechanics: implications for non-contact ACL injury and patellofemoral pain

Timothy Alexander Sayer, Adam Leigh Bryant (ed.)

Published : 2017

Abstract

Adolescent girls are susceptible to knee injuries such as non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture and patellofemoral pain (PFP). Adolescence is synonymous with pubertal development which drives substantial growth and maturation of the musculoskeletal system, and is thought to contribute to poor knee biomechanics associated with both of these injuries. Specifically, higher tri-planar knee moments during puberty (external peak knee abduction moment (KAbM), flexion moment (KFM) and internal rotation moment (KIRM)) are thought to contribute to a higher incidence of these injuries; however, there are still gaps in our understanding of female pubertal biomechanics. For instance, varia..

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