To determine if females with hip abductor weakness are more likely to demonstrate greater knee abduction during the stance phase of running than a strong hip abductor group.
Observational prospective study design.
University biomechanics laboratory.
15 females with weak hip abductors and 15 females with strong hip abductors.
Main Outcome Measures:
Group differences in lower extremity kinematics were analyzed using repeated measures ANOVA with one between factor of group and one within factor of position with a significance value of P < .05.
The subjects with weak hip abductors demonstrated greater knee abduction during the stance phase of treadmill running than the strong group (P < .05). No other significant differences were found in the sagittal or frontal plane measurements of the hip, knee, or pelvis.
Hip abductor weakness may influence knee abduction during the stance phase of running.
Becky Heinert is with Sports Medicine Department at Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine in La Crosse, WI. Thomas Kernozek, John Greany, and Dennis Fater are with the Health Professions Department at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.