STEP HEIGHT EFFECTS ON LOWER LIMB BIOMECHANICS AND BODY CENTRE OF MASS MOTION DURING ELLIPTICAL EXERCISE

  • Y. Chen
  • C. Chang
  • H. Chien
  • Y. Chen
  • T. Lu
Keywords: elliptical trainer, step heights, kinematics, kinetics, lower limbs

Abstract

Elliptical exercise (EE) has been shown to be beneficial for the development and maintenance of cardiorespiratory fitness. Despite these benefits, the feet are constrained by pedals to follow an elliptical trajectory, with the possibility of producing disadvantageous joint loads, body instability and potential musculoskeletal overuse injuries (Lu et al., 2007). Proper selection of step height during EE may help reduce these disadvantageous joint loads and instability. The purpose of the study was to study the effects of step height on the lower limb biomechanics and associated body center of mass (COM) motion during EE.
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Coaching and Sports Activities