Comparison of Lower Extremity Biomechanics between Female Division I Gymnastic, Lacrosse, and Soccer Athletes Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Chamberlain, Christin R.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Studies have shown that females are more likely to suffer non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injuries than males. The study consisted of eleven gymnastics, fifteen lacrosse, and twelve soccer athletes with no history of major lower extremity or anterior cruciate ligament injury one month prior to testing. Lower extremity kinematics, kinetics, and vertical ground reaction forces were collected from the dominant leg of each subject. Joint angles at initial ground contact for female gymnasts were significantly less than soccer athletes for knee and hip flexion. Gymnasts displayed significantly larger knee extension moments, hip flexion moments, anterior tibial shear forces, and vertical ground reaction forces. Female gymnastics athletes performed jump-landing and cutting maneuvers in such a way that may predispose them to anterior cruciate ligament injury. Our results suggest that further investigation is needed into differences in movement patterns and injury rates between female athletes to determine which athletes are at greater risk for injuring the anterior cruciate ligament.
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