THE EFFECT OF PROGRESSIVE RESISTANCE TRAINING ON BIOMECHANICS OF ARTHRITIC GAIT: A SINGLE-BLIND RANDOMIZED CONTROL TRIAL

  • N. Foroughi
  • R. Smith
  • A. Lange
  • M Baker
  • M. F. Singh
  • B. Vanwanseele
Keywords: osteoarthritis, gait, knee adduction moment, randomized control trial.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Osteoarthritis (OA) is prevalent in elderly and is associated with muscle weakness. OA progression is related to biomechanical characteristics of gait such as knee adduction moment (KAM). Progressive resistance training (PRT) improves muscle strength in this population, but PRT effects on biomechanics of gait related to OA progression are unknown. We hypothesized that PRT would reduce KAM, mediated by improvements in the strength of all lower limb muscle groups.