Title

Kinetic asymmetries during running in male youth

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences

RAS ID

19287

Comments

This article was originally published as: Rumpf M.C., Cronin J.B., Mohamad I.N., Mohamad S., Oliver J.L., Hughes M.G. (2014). Kinetic asymmetries during running in male youth. Physical Therapy in Sport, 15(1), 53-57. Original article available here

Abstract

Objectives: A possible injury risk factor is limb asymmetry, which may differ across maturation given the adult growth spurt. The aim of this study is to quantify the magnitude of asymmetry in a number of kinetic variables during a running task in male youth of different maturity status. Design: Quantitative observational laboratory study. Setting: Sports performance laboratory. Participants: Non-injured youth athletes in pre-, mid-, and post-pubescent status. Main outcome measures: Inter-limb leg asymmetries whilst sprinting on a non-motorized treadmill. Percent asymmetry was defined as: (Left leg-right leg)/right leg*100=%asymmetry. Results: Horizontal force presented limb asymmetries of 15.4, 14.8 and 14.7% for the pre-, mid- and post-PHV group respectively. Values for vertical force were higher (18.1, 20.2 and 20.8% respectively). Power asymmetries were 14.9, 15.8, and 15.5% respectively and work asymmetries were significant higher in pre-PHV participants (26.4%) compared to mid- (14.7%) and post-PHV (17.3%) participants. Conclusions: As the population in this study was characterized as non-injured, asymmetries of 15-20% appeared typical during a running task in developmental athletes.

DOI

10.1016/j.ptsp.2013.03.001

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Open access

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