Patellofemoral joint compression forces in backward and forward running

  • Roos P
  • Barton N
  • van Deursen R
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Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is a common injury and increased patellofemoral joint compression forces (PFJCF) may aggravate symptoms. Backward running (BR) has been suggested for exercise with reduced PFJCF.The aims of this study were to (1) investigate if BR had reduced peak PFJCF compared to forward running (FR) at the same speed, and (2) if PFJCF was reduced in BR, to investigate which biomechanical parameters explained this. It was hypothesized that (1) PFJCF would be lower in BR, and (2) that this would coincide with a reduced peak knee moment caused by altered ground reaction forces (GRFs).Twenty healthy subjects ran in forward and backward directions at consistent speed. Kinematic and ground reaction force data were collected; inverse dynamic and PFJCF analyses were performed.PFJCF were higher in FR than BR (4.5±1.5; 3.4±1.4. BW; p

Author-supplied keywords

  • Backward running
  • Patellofemoral joint compression force
  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Rehabilitation
  • Running

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