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The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability of three normalization methods for analyzing hip abductor activation during rehabilitation exercises. Thirteen healthy subjects performed three open kinetic chain and three closed kinetic chain hip abductor exercises. Surface EMG activity for the gluteus medius was collected during each exercise and(More)
Objective: Previous research suggests proprioceptive neu-romuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching techniques produce greater increases in range of motion than passive, ballistic, or static stretching methods. The purpose of our study was to measure the duration of maintained hamstring flexibility after a 1-time, modified hold-relax stretching protocol.(More)
Weakness of the hip abductors after total hip arthroplasty may result in pain and/or functional limitation. Non-weight-bearing (NWB) exercises are often performed to target the hip abductors; however, muscle activation of NWB exercises has not been compared to weight-bearing (WB) exercises. Our purpose was to evaluate gluteus medius activation during 2 WB(More)
STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional. OBJECTIVE To determine if females presenting with patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) from no discernable cause other than overuse demonstrate hip weakness and increased hip internal rotation, hip adduction, and knee valgus during stair descent. BACKGROUND Historically, PFPS has been viewed exclusively as a knee problem.(More)
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common, yet misunderstood, knee pathologies. PFPS is thought to result from abnormal patella tracking caused from altered neuromuscular control. Researchers have investigated neuromuscular influences from the gluteus medius (GM), vastus medialis (VM), and vastus lateralis (VL) but with inconsistent(More)
Magnitudes and timings of kinematic variables have often been used to investigate technique. Where large inter-participant differences exist, as in basketball, analysis of intra-participant variability may provide an alternative indicator of good technique. The aim of the present study was to investigate the joint kinematics and coordination-variability(More)
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND Historically, patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) has been viewed exclusively as a knee problem. Recent findings have suggested an association between hip muscle weakness and PFPS. Altered neuromuscular activity about the hip also may contribute to PFPS; however, more limited data exist regarding this aspect. Most prior investigations(More)
The purpose of this study was to identify alterations in preparatory muscle activation patterns across different drop heights in female athletes. Sixteen female high school volleyball players performed the drop vertical jump from three different drop heights. Surface electromyography of the quadriceps and hamstrings were collected during the movement(More)
BACKGROUND Neuromuscular alterations have been reported for patients with osteoarthritis of the hip joint; however, the underlying cause associated with altered gluteus medius muscle function has not been examined. This study assessed electromyographic amplitudes of the gluteus medius muscles during function in patients with unilateral end-stage(More)
Body-worn devices have significant potential to improve the health and well-being of many individuals. In this work, wearable inertial sensors are used in order to track and discriminate shoulder motion gestures, without using visual markers or other approaches that constrain the system to a laboratory environment. The device, consisting of a set of(More)