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Influence of Amputation on Kinetic Chain Musculature Activity During Basic and Modified Core Exercises

Kaiqi Liu, Linhong Ji, and Yijia Lu

The kinetic chain (KC) is the mechanism that transfers force and energy among the interdependent segments of the human body through joint connections and muscle activation. 1 , 2 The KC can be either open (OKC) or closed (CKC), depending on whether the distal segments are free or fixed

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Mirror Cross-Exercise on a Kinetic Chain Approach Improves Throwing Performance in Professional Volleyball Athletes With Scapular Dyskinesis

Eleftherios Paraskevopoulos, Theocharis Simeonidis, Charilaos Tsolakis, Panagiotis Koulouvaris, and Maria Papandreou

that the scapula provides the main link of the trunk and arm in the kinetic chain 2 and also influences throwing performance. 3 Throwing performance is facilitated by functional kinetic chain models enhanced by the transition of the ground reaction force (GRF) from the lower to the upper limbs

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Kinetic Chain Exercise: Implications for the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Patient

Kevin E. Wilk, Naiquan Zheng, Glenn S. Fleisig, James R. Andrews, and William G. Clancy

Closed kinetic chain exercise has become popular in rehabilitation of the ACL patient. While many clinicians agree on the benefits of closed kinetic chain exercise, there is great discrepancy as to which exercises fit this category. This discrepancy stems from the fact that the kinetic chain concept was originally developed using mechanical engineering concepts and not human kinesiology. In this paper, the kinetic chain concept is redefined in a continuum of lower extremity exercises from closed kinetic chain to open kinetic chain. The placement of an exercise in this continuum is based upon joint kinematics, quadriceps and hamstring muscle activity, cruciate ligament stress, and joint weight-bearing load. An understanding of these factors can help the clinician design a comprehensive and effective rehabilitation program for the ACL patient.

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Closed and Open Kinetic Chain Exercise for the Upper Extremity

Kevin E. Wilk, Christopher A. Arrigo, and James R. Andrews

The use of closed kinetic chain exercise has grown in the past several years. Closed kinetic chain exercises for the lower extremity have been firmly established in the literature and have been strongly recommended as an integral part of rehabilitation of the patient with anterior cruciate ligament injury. While the scientific and clinical rationale for using closed kinetic chain exercise for the lower extremity appears obvious, the scientific rationale for using closed kinetic chain exercise for the upper extremity is less clear. The purpose of this manuscript is to discuss the scientific rationale for closed kinetic chain for the upper extremity patient. In addition, exercise drills to enhance dynamic stability of the glenohumeral joint are discussed, and a rationale for using these exercises for specific glenohumeral joint pathologies is provided. The concepts of closed and open kinetic chain as applied to the lower extremity may not apply to the upper extremity due to the unique anatomical and biomechanical features as well as the function of the shoulder. It is recommended that clinicians use both closed kinetic chain and open kinetic chain exercises when treating the shoulder patient.

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Validity and Reliability of a Digital Inclinometer to Assess Knee Joint Position Sense in an Open Kinetic Chain

Natalia Romero-Franco, Juan Antonio Montaño-Munuera, Juan Carlos Fernández-Domínguez, and Pedro Jiménez-Reyes

in closed kinetic chain (CKC). As then, the evaluation of JPS with inclinometer has been used to describe the effects of fatiguing exercise, such as repeated series of 300-meter springs, which demonstrated that higher proprioceptive errors are shown in CKC knee movement when athletes are fatigued. 11

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The Relationship of Open- and Closed-Kinetic-Chain Rate of Force Development With Jump Performance Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Megan C. Graham, Kelsey A. Reeves, Tereza Janatova, and Brian Noehren

evaluating explosive force production in an open kinetic chain (OKC) position may not be appropriate due to its lack of positional similarity to athletic tasks. Explosive athletic tasks such as sprinting, jumping, and change of direction occur in a unilateral closed-chain position. Therefore, testing RFD in

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Muscle Activity Ratios of Scapular Stabilizers During Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises in Healthy Shoulders: A Systematic Review

Damla Karabay, Yusuf Emük, and Derya Özer Kaya

, restoration of the scapular muscle balance via the selective activation of the weaker muscles together with the minimal activation of the UT has been recommended for the rehabilitation of shoulder function. 4 , 6 , 7 Closed kinetic chain (CKC) exercises are exercises where the distal segment is fixed and more

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Comparison of Open versus Closed Kinetic Chain Test Positions for Measuring Joint Position Sense

Susan B. Andersen, Donna M. Terwilliger, and Craig R. Denegar

The purpose of this study was to determine if a difference exists in the reproducibility of knee joint flexion angles in an open versus a closed kinetic chain. Thirty generally healthy subjects (12 males, 18 females; mean age 23.8 years) participated. Subjects actively reproduced small, medium, and large knee flexion angles (with target angles of 15°, 45°, and 75°, respectively) in an open and a closed kinetic chain while being videotaped. Goniometric measurements were taken from the videotape of initial and reproduced joint angles. Data were analyzed using ANOVA with repeated measures on kinetic chain test position and joint angle. Subjects more accurately reproduced knee flexion angles in a closed kinetic chain position. The main effect for angle and the interaction of angle and test position were nonsignificant. The results indicate that knee joint position is more accurately reproduced in closed kinetic chain. Closed kinetic chain testing is also a more functional assessment of joint position sense, and thus closed kinetic chain assessment of lower extremity joint position sense is recommended.

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Evaluating Patellar Kinematics Through Magnetic Resonance Imaging During Open- and Closed-Kinetic-Chain Exercises

Lílian Ramiro Felicio, Marcelo Camargo Saad, Rogério Ferreira Liporaci, Augusto do Prado Baffa, Antônio Carlos dos Santos, and Débora Bevilaqua-Grossi


To evaluate patellar kinematics of volunteers without knee pain at rest and during isometric contraction in open- and closed-kinetic-chain exercises.


Twenty individuals took part in this study. All were submitted to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during rest and voluntary isometric contraction (VIC) in the open and closed kinetic chain at 15°, 30°, and 45° of knee flexion. Through MRI and using medical e-film software, the following measurements were evaluated: sulcus angle, patellar-tilt angle, and bisect offset. The mixed-effects linear model was used for comparison between knee positions, between rest and isometric contractions, and between the exercises.


Data analysis revealed that the sulcus angle decreased as knee flexion increased and revealed increases with isometric contractions in both the open and closed kinetic chain for all knee-flexion angles. The patellar-tilt angle decreased with isometric contractions in both the open and closed kinetic chain for every knee position. However, in the closed kinetic chain, patellar tilt increased significantly with the knee flexed at 15°. The bisect offset increased with the knee flexed at 15° during isometric contractions and decreased as knee flexion increased during both exercises.


VIC in the last degrees of knee extension may compromise patellar dynamics. On the other hand, it is possible to favor patellar stability by performing muscle contractions with the knee flexed at 30° and 45° in either the open or closed kinetic chain.

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Scientific Rationale and Physiological Basis for the Use of Closed Kinetic Chain Exercise in the Lower Extremity

Lynn Snyder-Mackler

Closed kinetic chain exercise is a common component of lower extremity rehabilitation. It has virtually replaced open kinetic chain exercise in the treatment of some conditions. In this paper, anatomy and physiology as they relate to closed chain exercise are examined to elucidate its unique contributions to rehabilitation. Claims made about the specificity, functionality, and safety of closed kinetic chain exercise are discussed. Muscle action, the stretch–shortening cycle, joint position sense, and clinical cases are used to illustrate the distinct role of closed kinetic chain exercise in rehabilitation.