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Title: The effects of functional knee bracing and taping on the tibio-femoral joint in athletes with an ACL-deficient knee
Author: Rahimi, Abbas
ISNI:       0000 0001 3505 5114
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2001
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Aims: The aims of this study were to determine the usefulness of a functional knee brace (FKB) or a spiral method of taping in modifying the impaired biomechanics of the ACL-deficient knees towards a safe and more normal pattern, and to assess any compensatory changes at the ankle and hip joints following knee bracing or taping. The study also aimed to compare the difference in gait patterns during simple· level walking and treadmill activities for ACL-deficient subjects. Methods: A prospective experimental study was carried out on 15 ACL-deficient and 15 carefully matched amateur athletes as controls. A comprehensive gait analysis study was designed using a high frequency CODA-mpx30 gait analysis system, force platform and electromyography (EMG) system. The study was carried out during simple level walking, treadmill walking (3.6 Km/hr) and treadmill running (10 Km/hr) which we describe as low and high level physical activities. Treatments investigated included a functional knee brace (FKB) or a special spiral taping method that was applied to the deficient knees. The temporospatial parameters, total range of motion (ROM), joint position, kinetics and EMG parameters were recorded in the knee, ankle and hip joints in different trials with different supports and the results were compared with the baseline data of both the patients and the data derived from the control subjects. Main Results: The FKB significantly reduced total ROM in the ACL-deficient subjects for all levels of walking trials (P
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: WE Muscoskeletal system