KINETICS OF THE LOWER EXTEREMITIES IN ERGOMETER ROWING DEPEND ON BODY MASS INDEX

  • Karen Roemer
  • Stephanie Hamilton
  • Chris Richter
Keywords: rowing, body mass index, inverse dynamics, biomechanical modelling, motion analysis

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of body mass index (BMI) on the kinetics of the lower extremities in ergometer rowing. Our results indicate that BMI has a major impact on lower extremity kinetics in ergometer rowing. Significantly increased knee joint torques with respect to external adduction and internal rotation were found. Furthermore, differences in hip and knee extension torques were found. The results indicate that obese individuals are at higher risk of overloading the knee joint during ergometer rowing.