HIGH- AND LOW-ARCHED ATHLETES EXHIBIT SIMILAR STIFFNESS VALUES WITHIN THE LOWER EXTREMITY

  • D. Powell
  • C. Albright
  • B. Long
Keywords: Arch, Kinetics, Landing

Abstract

Abnormal foot function has been associated with an increased propensity of injury (Kaufman et al., 1999). Both high- (HA) and low-arched (LA) athletes suffer a greater incidence of injury (Kaufman et al., 1999). Previous research has shown that HA compared to LA runners exhibit greater lower extremity stiffness and greater stiffness within the lower extremity joints (Williams et al., 2004). The purpose of the current study was to examine lower extremity stiffness as well as hip, knee and ankle joint stiffness in HA and LA athletes. It was hypothesized that the HA athletes would have greater stiffness values than the LA athletes within the lower extremity.
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Coaching and Sports Activities