GENDER DIFFERENCE IN KNEE MOTION PATTERN DURING VERTICAL JUMP

  • H-Y Chang
  • W-S Hsu
  • J-Y Chiang
  • S-Y Liu
  • H-C Ho
Keywords: Knee, Gender, Kinematics.

Abstract

Several factors have been proposed as contributors to increase the injuries rate on noncontact ACL rupture among female athletes. Altered movement pattern may results in increased incidence of non-contact ACL injuries for female athletes. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the knee kinematics difference between male and female athletes. Eighteen athletes were participated in this study, including 10 male and 8 female. The Zebris 3 D ultrasound-based system was used to measurement the knee kinematics during vertical jump. The results were shown that there had significant difference in knee maximal flexion, internal rotation, and flexion angle at maximal knee abduction between male and female athlete during vertical jump. Female athletes had showed little change of flexion angle and internal rotation angle of knee during vertical jump.