EFFECTS OF STEP LENGTH ON THE BIOMECHANICS OF LOWER LIMBS DURING ELLIPTICAL EXERCISE

  • T. Lu
  • C. Huang
  • Y. Chen
  • C. Chang
  • H. Chien
Keywords: elliptical trainer, stride lengths, kinematics, kinetics, lower limbs

Abstract

Elliptical exercise (EE) has been developed as a low-impact aerobic exercise modality with increased popularity in fitness training and clinical applications over the last decade. During EE, the feet are constrained by pedals to follow an elliptical trajectory, with the possibility of producing disadvantageous joint loads and potential musculoskeletal overuse injuries (Lu et al., 2007). Therefore, proper selection of step length during EE may be helpful for the reduction of these disadvantageous joint loads. The purpose of the study was to study the effects of three different step lengths on biomechanics of the lower limbs during EE.
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Coaching and Sports Activities